ATTN: Mr. Democrat, a short film by Iranian director Farbod Khoshtinat, is competing online as a finalist in the Near East category of the Democracy Challenge co-sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State. Winners will be decided by "thumbs up" votes cast by signed in YouTube users who view the video via youtube (dot) com/democracychallenge. One vote per video may be cast each day through June 15, 2010. How to vote for ATTN: Mr. Democrat Sign In to your YouTube account Go to www (dot) youtube (dot) com/democracychallenge Click on VOTE, search for ATTN: Mr. Democrat Click on green thumbs up to vote Please sign in and vote once a day through June 15, 2010 Thousands of Iranians have risked imprisonment, torture and death for demanding freedom and democracy, especially when they question the outcome that the Islamic Republic proclaimed regarding the June 12, 2009 Iranian presidential election. In a biographical statement submitted with his video, Khoshtinat wrote, "I am an artist, an Iranian film maker and a twenty one year old freedom fighter. I believe that one of the greatest things about art is that it gives us the ability to see, imagine and feel things in a certain way. This belief was the main reason I wanted to participate in this challenge, to give the opportunity to the people around the world to see how democracy is practiced in my country, so I visualized it through art; I wanted them to see it through my certain way of visualizing. As a young student who is studying abroad, this was the least thing I could do for my people since we all are in the quest for democracy." YouTube Google analytics maps under the videos reflect the countries from which votes for the videos are cast. Countries grow greener as more votes are cast. The map for Khoshtinat's video (at www (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=KI6oOgG-HRg ) shows far broader geographic support. Although some of the votes credited to the US and Canada could be due to proxy servers helping Iranians to access full internet despite the Iranian government's blockade against YouTube, voters in Russia, Scandinavia, Africa and Israel are also showing support for ATTN: Mr. Democrat. Wide support should come as no surprise because it is an exceptionally well written, highly artistic and beautifully scored short film--and because there are people all over the world who support freedom and fair elections.