Filmmaker David Diaan, an expatriate residing in Los Angeles , left his native Iran 24 years ago, unable to return due to the sudden and fierce changes that rocked Iran in 1979. However, ... See full summary »

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Filmmaker David Diaan, an expatriate residing in Los Angeles , left his native Iran 24 years ago, unable to return due to the sudden and fierce changes that rocked Iran in 1979. However, motivated by a deep longing to visit his motherland and the recent easing up of tensions, he finally deemed it safe enough to pay a visit. Ready for a culture shock, yet haunted by fading memories of his childhood, Diaan filmed his journey with an adoring eye, eager to capture every moment. He cautiously traversed the streets without a crew or equipment, armed only with a hand-held camera small enough to hide from the authorities, hoping that somehow he would be able to smuggle his tapes out of the country without them being confiscated. Through candid and unrehearsed interviews on the streets, Diaan delves into the hearts and minds of a humble people surrounded on the one hand by the remnants of mythical Persia, and the encroaching realities of a modern world on the other. What strikes him most, ... Written by Ken Hastings

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8 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Was moved by the simple images and the innocence of the reality. For someone who has been in Iran, it brings back a lot of memories good as well as bad ones and the sadness, that a lot of us were forced to leave our home because of the dictatorship of Iran. I hope that movies like this open up the eyes of more Iranians that live here (U.S. or Europe)in their comfort zones and forgot about the misery and pain that the normal people go through; people that couldn't afford to leave the country and stood there and struggle everyday.

Thanks for the reminder!


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