New Utah-made documentary aims to tell the story of 'True Iran'

(KUTV) A new Utah-made documentary is taking a fresh look at one of the world's most oppressive regimes. Two Utahns are behind the film "True Iran: The Global Jihad," which aims to shed new light on that country and its leaders.

"Of all the films that I could do or have done, this is probably the most important because it directly affects millions of lives," said McKay Daines, the filmmaker behind the project. Daines and Bill Nixon, who wrote the documentary, attended the film's premiere Wednesday evening at Jordan Commons in Sandy. Nixon's experience with Iran dates back to the 1970s when he worked in Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office during the Iran hostage crisis. "I fell in love with the Iranian community," Nixon said of his experience working with people from that country.

Now, he and Daines hope to cast new light on Iran's leaders who, they say, weren't held accountable by President Obama. "Iran could be the most formidable, wonderful democracy in the Middle East if we will simply support the people," Nixon said.

The documentary has already aired at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hatch attended that screening, and he stopped by the Sandy showing as well. "It's something everybody ought to see," said Hatch, "so I'm coming here to lend some weight to it."

Soon, the film will be released in two dozen Arab nations, in Iran, and hopefully the United States soon after that. It's a story for the world over -- directly from the Beehive state. "This is a Utah-made film. Utah crews made this film," said Daines. "You'd be surprised at the community of Utah and that the good that they want to do worldwide."

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Jordan Reeve