Doug Cameron – Mona With the Children

The official music video for the 1985 hit “Mona With the Children” written and performed by Canadian musician and composer Doug Cameron.

The song is a protest song based on the true story of a Persian Baha’i girl named Mona Mahmudnizhad, who, in 1983, at the age of 16, together with nine other Baha’i women, was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran, because she was a Baha’i. Cameron recreated Mona’s story in this music video which made the pop charts in Canada (#14 for the week of October 19, 1985) and was also nominated for a Juno in 1985.

To find out some background about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, you can read this Baha’i Blog article: Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

Unfortunately the persecution still continues, and you can find out the current state of persecution and find out how you can help through the Baha’i International Community’s website.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 5 Comments

  1. Thank you for bringing back Mona With the Children. I saw it with the Friends in the San Francisco Baha’i Center when it first came out. We were so moved. We who had children of various ages decided that we would have classes on sacrifice and the everlasting “life” of the soul. Then the parents who felt their children were mature enough, we showed them the movie. I don’t remember if it was a video tape or what at that time, but we had to meet at someone’s home who could show it.

    It is time to show it again on the new medium of communication. I will send it to my grandchildren who are all Youth. It’s poignant story will again touch a new generation of hearts.

    Thank you so much for bringing it back.
    Shirlie

    1. Agreed Shirlie. It was such a great song and had such a profound effect on me as a child (and so many others) that I felt like it had to be on the page. Looking forward to seeing a revival of the song! Thanks for leaving a comment and for your encouragement and support!

  2. Thank you for re-releasing this Mona video. I’m using it with friends I recently went to a JY gathering and we discussed her. The video was powerful when it was originally released and still holds it’s timeliness and message. I am longing for a movie about her precious life, so the world can know the strength of her Faith and beliefs.

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