The Queen and I

The Queen and I

DVD - 2009
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"When Nahid Persson Sarvestani, an Iranian exile, set out to make a documentary about Empress Farah Phalavi, the wife of the Shah of Iran, she expected to encounter her opposite. As a child, Persson Sarvestani had lived in dire poverty, watching Pahlavi's royal wedding as if it were a fairy tale. She joined the Communist faction of Khomeini's revolution that deposed the Shah when she was a teenager, sending him and his family volleying from country to country. When Khomeini betrayed his promise for democracy, imposing even more violent measures, Persson Sarvestani was also forced to flee. 30 years later, she needs key questions answered and goes directly to the source. Surprisingly, Empress Farah welcomes her as a fellow refugee from their beloved homeland, granting unprecedented access. Over the next year and a half, Persson Sarvestani enters the queen's world, planning to challenge the shah's ideology; instead, she must rethink her own."--Container.
Publisher: [S.l.] : 7th Art Releasing, c2009.
Branch Call Number: DVD 955.053/QUEEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Liberation.

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ms_mustard
Aug 04, 2015

two women, each forced to flee the country that they love, find some common ground midst their economic and political differences, as they both question whether to pursue filming this documentary. I'm glad they did and were able to present two disparate ends of an Iranian spectrum.

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ilovewhippets
Mar 17, 2014

I appreciated this documentary and had learned a lot! Very-well done! I recommend it!

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zalito
Aug 16, 2013

An interesting peek into the life of deposed Empress Farah of Iran. I am surprised that she doesn't exude the qualities reserved for royalty and her humanity shows in the way she talks and expresses her thoughts. Further, she doesn't make any bitter remarks on the current Islamic government ruling the country.

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