‘Strangelove’s Hands’ on Wildlife
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‘Strangelove’s Hands’ on Wildlife

A documentary ‘Strangelove’s Hands’, directed by Yashar Shirmohammadi, will be screened at Qolhak Cineplex on December 20.
The show is in support of Persia Wildlife Foundation (founded in 2002), a charity group whose goal is to introduce and conserve rare species and habitats in Iran, Mehr News Agency reports.
Taken from a 1964 political satire black comedy movie, ‘Dr. Strangelove’, directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, the documentary assumes that human destruction of the environment “is an unconscious action.” One of the main characters suffers from the Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS), a rare neurological disorder that causes hand movement without the person being aware of what is happening or having control over the action.
In the movie ‘Dr Strangelove’, the character played by the late British film actor and comedian Peter Sellers cannot control the actions of his anarchic hand. At least 40 people worldwide are said to suffer from the ‘Dr Strangelove syndrome.’ The afflicted person may sometimes reach for objects and manipulate them without wanting to do so, even to the point of having to use the healthy hand to restrain the alien hand.
“The scenes are shot by a camera placed near animals that records human behavior towards wildlife. The documentary implies that people have the ‘strangelove’ syndrome, endangering the environment and habitats, although they are taking steps towards development,” Shirmohammadi said.
Accordingly, the documentary tells a number of tragic stories about animals, including ‘Alborz’ and ‘Lora’, two famous Persian leopards. Part of the film is taken from news reports and broadcasts, focusing on the relation between the human being and wildlife.

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