Elizabeth Warren’s Son-in-Law Produced Film Funded by Iran, Report Reveals
Peter Schweizer's new book reveals presidential candidate's concerning ties to Iran
White House hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) son-in-law has been revealed to have 'concerning' ties to the Iranian regime, according to investigative reporter Peter Schweizer's bombshell new book.
The book, titled 'Profiles in Corruption,' discusses Warren in a chapter that reveals progressive leaders’ little-known ties to corrupt businesses and government.
Warren’s son-in-law Sushil Tyagi's business deals are detailed in one chapter.
Warren and Tyagi - who is married to her daughter, Amelia - are known to be close.
The presidential candidate attended his brother’s wedding in India, even recounting it in her memoir.
Warren and her husband Bruce Mann in December 2009 served as witnesses for a power of attorney corporate document he filed in India.
Schweizer writes that Tyagi “has been involved in a series of curious—even troubling—business ventures around the world" since marrying into the Warren family.
Tyagi runs Tricolor Films and produced a film called The Song of Sparrows in 2008, which was directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi.
According to a synopsis for the film, it is about a man who is fired from his job on an ostrich farm before moving to the city and becoming consumed in a world of greed. But his family help him restore his “caring and generous nature."
Tyagi is listed as the film’s sole producer, according to a New York Times page, which has now been deleted.
A closer look at the page’s archive reveals that the Iranian government agency, which is overseen by Iranian propagandists, funded the film.
The full credits of the film, for some reason, seem to also have been scrubbed from the internet. We obtained a copy by using the Wayback machine and made a startling discovery: the movie’s chief investors included none other than the social deputy of the State Welfare Organization (SWO) of Iran (SWO-“معاونت اجتماعی سازمان بهزیستی کشور”) as well as the Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran. (“سازمان فرهنگی و هنری شهرداری تهران”)
These two investors in the film appear a harmless cultural organization, but a closer look shows they are funded and controlled by the Islamist Iranian government.
The Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran states:
“This organization was founded in 1996 and [does] its activities under the supervision of a board of trustees composed of various cultural institutions such as IRIB and Islamic propaganda organization.”
According to the book, The Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran’s page also cultural events for school children entitled “The Seal of Hostages,” attended by several top Iranian officials.
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Another event is the antisemitic Quds Day on the last day of Ramadan.
The organization also organizes posters, materials, and marches for Quds Day.
Its site says:
“A new plan for the destruction of Israel will be launched, and the Quds Cultural Radio station will be located at the Radio Station. Also, the ‘I love the fight against Israel’ is distributed among the people.”
Schweizer also notes:
“Quds Day typically features massive crowds organized by the Iranian government chanting ‘death to America’ and burning effigies, with full media coverage.”
He writes that the film credits for Tyagi’s The Song of Sparrows read like the “who’s who of prominent Iranian government institutions.”
There is even a thank-you to the “Iranian Revolutionary Guards Air Force.”
It is worth noting that during increased U.S.-Iran tensions, the then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that Israel would disappear from the face of the earth.
Tyagi also produced another film by Majid Majidi, but information about the film is hard to find, Schweizer writes.
The now-deleted Web page describes Tyagi’s production company as follows:
Leveraging their relationships with studio executives, access to top creative talent, and the high-level support that they enjoy from numerous foreign governments, this Los Angeles–based production company is developing a number of major international-themed projects for feature films, television, and interactive media.
“It is not known what foreign governments those might involve beyond Iran. Why the website was shut down is also unknown,” the book says.