Irish Film Institute -THE QUEEN AND I


Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani

Sweden • 2008 • 90 mins

Director Nahid Persson Sarvestani is an Iranian filmmaker and former revolutionary who helped to overthrow the monarchy in Iran’s 1979 revolution. Having made two anti-Islamist documentaries highlighting her anger and disappointment with post-revolutionary Iran, she decided to make a film about the former queen of Iran, her old adversary. On the face of it, both women are from radically different backgrounds. Yet they have much in common: both are bound to a common heritage and both live in forced exile in Europe. Over a two year period, they confront each other about their past, question their former beliefs and share their grievances. Their relationship grows as they realise they have much in common. These are two strong women who have risen above hardships and continue to work towards a positive future.

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