Ata Servati

(Author)

Ata Servati is a noted poet, playwright, novelist, prize-winning actor, filmmaker and activist. As a spiritual man, Ata has chosen to follow the path of legends such as Rumi, Omar Khayyam and Hafez. His own spirituality began at the age of four when he began to receive premonitions in his dreams. Ata relates the creative forces in his life as the spiritual reminder and choice based on those early childhood experiences.

 

Iranian Filmmaker ‘In Search of Heaven’

 

CBN.com BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) — It is hard to believe that an Iranian playwright, noted poet and filmmaker, has written a book that pays tribute to an American Presbyterian missionary who sacrificed his life for freedom in his homeland.

But that is exactly what Ata Servati has done in his new book, In Search of Heaven, to be published in mid-April.

In an interview at the 14th Annual MovieGuide® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Servati spoke first about why he had to leave his homeland.

“I was forced to leave Iran because of the political circumstances there and so I came to the United States and I am a resident of Los Angeles,” he said.

Howard Conklin BaskervilleHe then went on to describe the book. “It tells the story of the American missionary, Howard Conklin Baskerville, who in 1907 went to Iran, and sacrificed himself for Iranian freedom, after Russians had bombed and destroyed the Iranian parliament and killed all it representatives. He is known as ‘The son of Iranian freedom.’ I really wanted to say ‘thank you’ to this man and I want him to also be ‘the son of American and world freedom as well. I want him to be a symbol for living with honor.’”

When asked why, as a Muslim, he was so interested in the story of an American Christian missionary, he replied, “He did such an extraordinary job with such bravery and heroism. He went behind religion and sacrificed himself for the people that he came to love; people that he didn’t know much about. They were Muslim and that has to be noted.”

In the book, Servati said that Baskerville was serving as a teacher in the Presbyterian mission school in Tabriz, Iran. In 1908, during the Constitutional Revolution of Iran, he decided to join the Constitutionalists led by Sattar Khan and fight against the Russian and Qajar despot King Mohammad Ali Shah, who was a puppet of Russia and England at the time. He was shot while leading a group of students, that he trained secretly in the mountain, to try and break the Siege of Tabriz, just at the time people had started to die of starvation.”

In an article in Wikepedia, the writer says, “The affection that many Iranians have for America perhaps may have roots in Tabriz, where this Nebraskan missionary was killed. Baskerville was a teacher in the American School, one of many such institutions created by the American missionaries who had worked in the city since the mid-19th century. He arrived in 1908, fresh out of Princeton University and, swept up in the revolutionary mood in Iran, fought a royalist blockade that was starving the city. On April 19, 1909, he led a contingent of 150 nationalist fighters into battle against the royalist forces. A single bullet tore through his heart, killing him instantly nine days after his 24th birthday.

“Many Iranian nationalists still revere Baskerville as an exemplar of an America that they saw as a welcome ally and a useful “third force” that might break the power of London and Moscow in Tehran.

“Iranians still pay tribute to Baskerville and consider him a martyr. He is buried in Tabriz, Iran.”

Servati went on to say, “The city of Tabriz, where Howard met his end, has recently been postulated as the original ‘Garden Of Eden.’ Certified Scholars identify the location next to City of Tabriz as the modern city of Rezahehe (Oromieh) birth place of Adam and Eve. Christians will be fascinated by this. That includes Jews. The followers of Islam also believe that there was a real birthplace where in Adam and Even were created and call it ‘Baghe Behesht,’ which translates as the same thing as ‘Garden of Eden.’

“In the book, the reader will get familiar with the city that some believe was the place of Garden of Eden and the birth place of Adam and Eve.”

He said that while researching the book, he has become interested in the teaching of Jesus Christ, and when asked if Christ’s message was needed today more than ever, he replied, “Absolutely yes. It is a must. It is with love, understanding, and respect for one another we can live in peace but not with ignorant, bloodshed, and destructions.”

Servati says that he is now developing a movie based on the book.

This current state of affairs has thrust Ata Servati into the International media spotlight, especially after the release of his novel in 2006 entitled “In Search of Heaven.” Mr. Servati is a noted spiritual poet, prize winning playwright, actor, producer, director and the World Peace Award Honoree.
 
He was born in Tehran, Iran and he left just before the height of 1979 the Revolution when he was on the top of his craft.
 
After releasing his novel“In Search of Heaven” in 2006 worldwide, there were over 2000 articles written about him, being in 15 major TV interviews, and over 100 radio interviews, worldwide without having a publicist. And just when he was about to strike a deal for his novel “In Search Of Heaven” with Major Hollywood studio, with academy award winner  producer and Academy award winning director being attached to the project, with Ata star and produce the picture, Ata’s life took a drastic change. He was set up by a few crooked individuals in a real estate scam, and simultaneously went through a horrible divorce. He went from being wealthy, established, living in nine-bedroom luxury house, to homeless living in his car. He had to pull away from the film to save the rights to the novel. Within 45 days he was living with homeless friends and typed two Novels, “TAR” and “In Search of Love.”
 
Known and being a spiritual soul Ata had seen the problem coming way before, he had documented many things he dreamt about. But whatever he sees he cannot stop it from manifesting, and he knew he had to go through the experience. Soon Ata reminded himself what he was meant to do and the path he was meant to go down. He took his homelessness as a twisted beautiful gift from God and rediscovered himself into happiness. Shortly after he compiled a spiritual book of poetry entitled, “I Am A Lotus,” which brought tears to many including Oprah Winfrey.
 
This brought him the honoree Spiritual Philosophical poet.
Most importantly he has become a voice with a huge mission to spread the actions of love and peace throughout the globe and bring people together as one. As the founder of, “THE LOTUS LIGHT CHILDREN CHARITY (TLLCC),”and “LOVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (LIFF),” and through his multiple writings he is making this dream come to light. Because of his work on prompting peace and love in 2017, at his own LIFF film festival award night they surprised him by giving him the World Peace Award.
 
During last several years he has just been writing and setting plans to re-launch himself back into the film and film making, which is where his heart has been all along. He formed a new production company, Enlightenment Entertainment. With several books and media projects in production.