Elizabeth Warren’s Son-in-Law Made Movie Funded By Iran’s Government

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The son-in-law of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has troubling ties to Iran’s government, according to a new book.

Profiles in Corruption” by Peter Schweizer analyzes liberal leaders’ little-known links to various forms of corruption, in both the public and private sectors.

In his chapter on Elizabeth Warren, Schweizer looks at the business dealings of Warren’s son-in-law Sushil Tyagi. Tyagi is married to Warren’s daughter Amelia. He was born in India, then moved to the United States. He met Amelia when they were both attending Wharton Business School.

Warren is reportedly close to her son-in-law. Warren attended Tyagi’s brother’s wedding in India and wrote about the experience in her memoir.

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Tyagi’s Film ‘The Song of Sparrows’

Since becoming part of the Warren family, Tyagi “has been involved in a series of curious—even troubling—business ventures around the world,” Schweizer writes.

Breitbart reports, “Tyagi runs Tricolor Films, and in 2008, produced a film called The Song of Sparrows, directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi.”

“The film was described as Majidi’s ‘most religious’ and is about a man who is fired from his job on an ostrich farm, moves to the big city and becomes a motorcycle taxi driver, and soon becomes consumed with his passengers’ lives and is swept up in a world of greed,” Breitbart notes. “It is his family that help him restore his ‘caring and generous nature,’ according to a film synopsis.”

In a New York Times story, Tyagi was listed as the film’s sole producer, though those credits have since been deleted. The page’s archive revealed that the film “was funded by the Iranian government agency that is overseen by Iranian propagandists.”

Schweizer writes, “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 might appear at first glance to be innocuous cultural organizations—but they are not. Both are funded and controlled by the Islamist Iranian government,” Schweizer noted. “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.”

The Film Was Produced When U.S.-Iran Tensions Were High

“The Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran’s page promotes cultural events such as one for school children entitled ‘The Seal of Hostages,’ attended by several top Iranian officials, according to the book,” Schweizer finished.

The film was produced during a time the U.S. government had accused Iran of helping kill five Iraq-based American soldiers, and then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was repeatedly calling the US a “satanic power.”

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What does this say, if anything, about Warren’s son-in-law?

Perhaps more pertinent, might this affect the direction of Elizabeth Warren’s current bid for the White House? With her poll numbers already declining, it probably will matter.


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