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Arusi Persian Wedding

Synopsis
For filmmaker Marjan Tehrani and her brother Alex, growing up Iranian-American has always meant being caught between two worlds. With unique perspective and intimate storytelling, Tehrani brings to life a compelling examination of US-Iranian relations through the personal journey of her brother Alex and his fiancée Heather’s trip to Iran to hold a traditional Persian wedding—just as the filmmaker’s Iranian father and American mother did at a time when Iran and the US were close allies.

As a tense dinner party between the couple’s families soon illustrates, relations between the US and Iran have changed significantly over the past 50 years, from the CIA-led coup that placed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in power, to the wary political climate of today. Tehrani sheds light on history largely unknown by her generation, with honesty, care, and a thoughtful collection of archival segments featuring historical footage, intelligence documents, and beautiful photographs taken by Alex himself. A universal love story set against a fascinating history, this heartfelt film offers a rare glimpse of Iran beyond politics, revealing its people and history in a personal, hopeful and human light.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Religious studies; Women’s studies
Keywords
Iran; Islam; marriage customs

Credits

Director
Marjan Tehrani

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$295.00 (institutional rate)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
63 minutes
Year
2009

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
$295.00 (institutional rate)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
63 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

Tru Films

Email
marjan@trufilms.com
Web
http://www.trufilms.com External site opens in new window
Address
New York City
USA

Distributor

Name

Women Make Movies Inc

Email
info@wmm.com
Web
http://www.wmm.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 925 0606
Fax
+1 212 925 2052
Address
462 Broadway
Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
New York
NY 10013
USA
Notes
US company distributing independent films by and about women. The collection consists of more than 500 documentary, experimental, animation, dramatic and mixed-genre titles. The films and videotapes represent a diversity of styles, subjects and perspectives in women’s lives.

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