DAY ELEVEN OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
by Dan Shadur & Barak Heymann
In the 21st Century, Iran is a major power in the Middle East and one of Israel’s greatest existential enemies. So it will no doubt surprise many people to learn that in the 20th Century, the Iranian government had a close relationship with the Israeli government.
In fact, in pursuit of modernization for his backward country, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (the last Shah of Iran) was heavily dependent on Israeli talent. And because one of his Israeli technocrats was the father of filmmaker Dan Shadur, Shadur is now able to provide a fascinating first-hand account of what is was like to be an Israeli child growing up in Teheran in that “golden age” before Ayatollah Khomeini drove the Shah from power.
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Israelis “living the good life” in Tehran in a magic period just before the Islamic Revolution.
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