IRAN (Persia)




Intolerance (1916)  --  first of four stories deals with intolerance in Babylon that leads to its fall to the Persians, 539 B.C.

Esther and the King (1960) -- Esther saves the Jews of 4th c. B.C. Persia

Esther (1999)  --  remake of Esther and the King

X  Esther  (1985, Amos Gitai)

X  One Night With the King  (2006, Michael O. Sajbel)  --  Esther saves the Jewish nation

X  The Thirteenth Day:  The Story of Esther (1979)  --  ABC one-hour special

X  Liken: Esther and the King (2006) –  mother tells her daughter about the great Esther


Persian-Greek Wars:

Giant of Marathon (1959) – actor Steve Reeves as Phillipides in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC)

300 (2006)  --  Spartan King Leonidas and a force of 300 Spartans fight the Persians (under King Xerxes) at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

The 300 Spartans (1962) -- Greeks stand against the Persians at Thermopylae


Tamerlane the Great (1991) – Timur or Tamerlane founded the 14th century Timurid Dynasty in central Asia (including Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India)

Nadir Shah (1968) – Indian film about the Shah of Iran who ruled 1736–1747 and founded the Afsharid dynasty

Nassereddin Shah, Actor- e Cinema (Once Upon a Time, Cinema) (1992) – one of the last of Iran's extravagant shahs of the Qajar Dynasty (of Turkic descent, 1795-1925)  falls in love with the newly invented movies, as well as an early Iranian screen heroine

In Search of Heaven (2009) – American missionary in Iran in 1907 organizes a revolt

Mirza Koochak Khan (1983) – Iranian film about Mirza Kuchik Khan, 1880-1921, Iranian national hero who started a revolutionary movement; the uprising started 1914 and went until 1921 when the movement was defeated.

Soraya (2003)  --  the Shah of Iran (French version only -- no English options)

Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (1996)  --  1970's; future filmmaker as a teenage Islamic militant fighting against the Shah, who stabs a policeman and is jailed

Kamalolmolk (1984)  --  life and work of the famous Iranian painter Mohammad Ghaffari (a.k.a., Kamal-ol-molk) who knew many of the Shahs of Iran

Two Women (1999)  --  two architecture students in the first turbulent years of the Islamic Revolution in Iran showing obstacles they face as women 

Nimeh-ye penhan  (Hidden Half) (2001) --  experiences of a female philosophy student (1979 to 1980 academic year) in the Islamic Revolution in Iran

X Persepolis (2008)  --  animated film; Satrapi's coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution

Takhtι siah (Blackboards) (2000)  --  male teachers travel in Kurdish region of Iran looking for students and running into terrible situations 

Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981) –  during the Iranian hostage crisis Canadian embassy staffers help rescue  six American embassy staffers

Dayereh (The Circle) (2000) -- the stories of several women who have a hard time surviving in the sexually repressive Muslim society

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) --  1986, married woman falsely accused of adultery by her husband with the punishment being stoning to death

The Stoning (2006)   --  young American woman converts to Islam and follows her lover to Iran; she meets a tragic fate

X  My Tehran for Sale  --  Iranian actress is stymied artistically by the Iran authorities and thinks about escaping to Australia

Nimeh-ye penhan (The Hidden Half)  (2001)  --  the wife of an official tells her husband her life story in a letter (including her student activities in the revolution of 1978) to ask him to listen to the woman political prisoner condemned to death



Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988):

Arousi-ye Khouban (Marriage of the Blessed) (1989)  --  young Iranian photographer of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) has troubles adjusting to civilian life


L'Aube du monde (Dawn of the World) (2008)  --  multiple impacts of the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War and the 1991 uprisings in Iraq seen through the eyes of a Marsh Arab in Iraq