When Nahid Persson Sarvestani, an Iranian exile, set out to make a documentary about Farrah, the wife of the shah of Iran, she expected to encounter her opposite. As a child, Sarvestani lived in poverty, watching Farrah's wedding as if it were a fairy tale. As a teenager, she joined the Communist faction of Khomeini's revolution that deposed the shah, sending him and his family volleying from country to country. When Khomeini betrayed his promise for democracy, imposing more violent measures than the shah had, Sarvestani was also forced to flee.
Thirty years later, she needs key questions answered and goes directly to the source. Surprisingly, Queen Farrah welcomes her as a fellow refugee from their beloved homeland, granting unprecedented access. Over the next year and a half, Sarvestani enters the queen's world, planning to challenge the shah's ideology; instead, she must rethink her own. When Sarvestani's prior opposition to the shah surfaces, the queen shuts down filming. Yet, in the struggle to understand each other's experiences, an unlikely friendship has blossomed.
Nahid Persson Sarvestani
Studio: Mongrel Media
Screenplay: Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Zinat S. Lloyd