The Language of a New Generation
At some point in their lives, almost 30% of Iranians have tried to express themselves through writing or reciting poetry. This refined form of expression, distinguished by cadence and symbolism, has inspired a new program airing on
Chandelier (in Farsi, Chelcheragh) introduces Christ through the window of Persian literature, history, and poetry. By watching the show, viewers will be better equipped to apply biblical values while participating in community life.
The Chandelier audience has numerous opportunities to interact with the show. Presenter and Writer Hanif Aversafi challenges viewers to compose and send in poetry on specific topics. During each weekly episode, he reads the best poems on-air and discusses the contents. This exercise encourages creativity, personal reflection, and self-expression on the part of the viewers. Follow-up interaction between the viewers and the Chandelier team continues online through a blog and Facebook® page. Those who are too intimidated to call in or send letters, due to safety concerns, may opt to follow the show’s blog or Facebook page anonymously online.
Mr. Aversafi, a poet in his late twenties, is both talented and passionate for God’s Word. He has several years of experience in the industry, having worked as an editor and presenter for Iranian Church of San Jose Television. In 2010, he recited poetry at a Christmas concert sponsored by Hovsepian Ministries and was enthusiastically received by the audience. The use of poetry and the presence of a young presenter aim to attract Iran’s younger generation to watch Chandelier.
Written by Mr. Aversafi and directed by Joseph Hovsepian, Chandelier began airing on September 23rd and will continue for a total of 40 episodes. Each half-hour episode contains a mini-documentary on the episode’s topic, lasting 3 to 5 minutes. The show topics touch on struggles of the human condition, to which any viewer can relate. Some topics include breaking the chains, grace, finding out the Truth, deception, God in nature, and a person’s value.
Speaking the language of a new generation, namely poetry, has opened up a platform to introduce Christ and spiritual teaching to viewers.
Mr. Hovsepian voiced his hopes for the show’s impact: “Poetry and literature are not something of the past, but [their] roots are well-grown, even in the younger generation. We believe Chandelier fills the gap and connects with a specific audience that other teaching Christian programs were unable to reach.”
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- Communications Assistant, SAT-7 USA