Amid the ongoing violence protests in Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman, a video of a man who dances on the grave is widely shared on social media with the claim that he is the father of an Iranian woman who was killed during the anti-hijab protests, and that he was now dancing because he had promised to dance at his daughter’s wedding. Let’s check the facts of the claim made in the message.
To claim: Footage of an Iranian father dancing at his daughter’s grave after she died during anti-hijab protests.
Do: This video is from 78e Episode of an Azerbaijani TV series “Ata Ocağı” aired in 2018. It does not show any real incidents related to Iran’s anti-hijab protests. Therefore, the claim made in the message is MISLEADING.
We searched the internet with relevant keywords and came across a Tweeter by an Azerbaijani journalist “Cavid Ağa” on September 29, 2022. While responding to a user who posted this viral video, he says: “This man is an actor I know personally. His name is Gurban Ismayilov and this scene is from a famous TV drama Ata Ocağı (Father’s Home) aired 4 years ago. https://youtu.be/_CGxBciEWws (starts at 6:40 p.m.) “
Inspired by this, we searched the video on YouTube and found it to be true. This video was uploaded on January 9, 2018 with the title “Ata Ocağı (78-ci seriya)”, which translates to “Father’s hearth (Episode 78)”. Of 19:05 minutes, the character played by Gurban Ismayilov can be seen dancing. The video description confirms it as a TV series.
To sum up, a video taken from a TV series is being shared as a real incident of an Iranian father dancing on his daughter’s grave.