Before the Revolution by Dan Shadur (Israel, 2013, 60 min.). For thousands of Israelis in the 1960s and ’70s, the city of Tehran, Iran, was a utopia. Enjoying close relations with the Shah’s regime, the city’s paradise was built on construction contracts, weapons sales, and oil. Then the Iranian Revolution arrived. Dan Shadur, a child during his family’s “glory days” in Iran, reveals a unique perspective on the 1979 revolution. A thrilling and timely documentary, the film features marvelous 8mm home movies and interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, and families who escaped in the nick of time. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. New England Premiere.
Preceded by World Premiere screening of newly restored rare short film “Iran Street Scenes, 1950-51,” from the NCJF Archive.