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  • An Israeli filmmaker explores his family’s dramatic experiences in Iran in the late ‘70s.

    An Israeli filmmaker explores his family’s dramatic experiences in Iran in the late ‘70s.

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  • Archival footage shows the experiences of Israelis in Iran before and after the revolution.

    Archival footage shows the experiences of Israelis in Iran before and after the revolution.

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  • Director and his mother escaping from Tehran to Tel Aviv, November 1978

    Director and his mother escaping from Tehran to Tel Aviv, November 1978

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  • Israeli Villa in Tehran, 1970s

    Israeli Villa in Tehran, 1970s

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  • A still from Before the Revolution

    A still from Before the Revolution

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  • Israeli Businessman in Iran, 1970

    Israeli Businessman in Iran, 1970

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The Film

During the 1960’s and '70’s, thousands of Israelis lived in Tehran, Iran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah and his dictatorial rule. Protected by large arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israeli community enjoyed a wealthy and luxurious lifestyle, while failing to note that the ruling power to which they were connected was collapsing. By the time they realized their “Iranian Paradise” was turning into hell, it was almost too late, and they found themselves in the middle of the Islamist revolution taking Iran by storm.

Using rare archival footage, plus interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, businessmen, and their families, director Dan Shadur — whose family had been part of the very same community — reveals a new perspective on the revolution that changed the world.

What starts as a nostalgic look at a lost era becomes a thrilling story where huge dreams are shattered in a dark reality of greed, blindness, and lust for power.

The Filmmakers

  1. Dan ShadurDirector
  2. Barak HeymannProducer