Rouhani Video Goes Viral

TEHRAN: A new music video posted to YouTube Tuesday featuring Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has gone viral on the web.

The video comes on the completion of 100 days of Rouhani government, and it includes parts of the speech he delivered during the Aug. 3 ceremony at which Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed him as president.

The video is called “Nousafar” or New Voyager (Click To Watch) after a sentence by legendary Persian poet Hafez that translates as “the road ahead is long and I am a new voyager.” 

Produced in black and white, it shows Rouhani addressing the supreme leader, Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei, at his inauguration in August, with Iranians in a split screen speaking and singing the president’s words.

The video was released only on Iranian social media and YouTube, where it got around 400,000 views in 24 hours, said its director, Hussain Dehbashi.

The text focuses on Iran’s greatness and includes mention of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, toppled in 1953 in a coup organised by the CIA. It also speaks of change.

“I feel the weight of these votes and this endorsement,” Rouhani says in the video, with Iranians echoing him.

“I seek refuge in God and God alone. May God assist you. Tomorrow is definitely bright.”

“We made the video for free, but Mr. Rouhani’s office has signed off on it,” Dehbashi said.

Dehbashi had earlier directed Rouhani’s campaign video as well.

There is a thriving music video industry in Iran.

Translated to English, it begins:

“Let us give all Iranians who love their country the opportunity to serve it. Let us allow elites to serve the nation. Let us allow the hearts to be cleansed from hatred.

“Let us have love, peace, and friendship instead of anger and antagonism. Let us allow Islam with its peaceful face, Iran with its rational face, the revolution with its humane face, and the establishment, with its affecting face, continue to create epics.”

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