The Queen and I

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The Queen and I


Butler, Kiera, Mother Jones


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When Nahid Persson Sarvestani was a little girl in Iran in the '70s, she adored the glamorous Queen Farah. The queen's fairytale life of parties and palaces was much different from her own: Her father was ill, and her mother wove carpets 15 hours a day to support their family of 10. But as she got older, Sarvestani began to see the injustice of the monarchy and joined the secular resistance. Her 17-year-old brother was executed by the Islamic government just after the shah's regime collapsed. Twenty-nine years after the revolution, Sarvestani started making a film about her former idol and enemy, now living in exile in Paris. The result is a frank portrait of a charismatic woman who doesn't fully understand her role in her country's history.

At first, Farah, now 71, balks at the prospect of having her personal life exposedand even after she agrees to the film, she struggles to preserve her dignity. …

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