I Was Blacklisted by Thom Powers
Documenting the Backlash
When Caveh Zahedi submitted his controversial film work The Sheik and I to the Montclair Film Festival in 2012 he did not expect the reaction by the festival's chief programmer, Thom Powers. After watching the film, Powers not only went on a campaign to block the film from showing at Montclair but also contacted journalists and other festivals, warning them against writing about it or screening it. In response, Zahedi made a short film documenting what happened during the whole situation. Of course, such issues are never black and white; for an objective view from both sides of the argument, take a look at Scott Macaulay's view after having spoken to both Zahedi and Powers, here. The Ibraaz interview with Zahedi, discussing The Sheik and I and how it relates to Zahedi's concerns as a filmmaker, is also viewable here.