Posts Tagged ‘Shah’

Nasseredin Shah and his 84 wives

July 2, 2011 Leave a comment

In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne, Nasseredin Mirza, received a photographic camera from Queen Victoria of England. In the following decades he documented his life: his many wives, his jesters and clowns, his glorious palaces, and his jewels and treasures. As such he revealed to the public eye, what the public eye never was supposed to see.
Through animated sequences and photos taken by Nasseredin Shah and his court, the film depicts the rivalry and intrigues within the harem, the corruption, the secret murders, the political power struggle, the Shah’s obsession with a beautiful calico cat, as well as Persia’s troubled relation to Europe.
A film by Beate Petersen

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Shah of Iran’s last interview in Panama

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I Knew the Shah

May 14, 2011 Leave a comment
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Anatomy of a Revolution (Aljazeera – Documentary)

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

After decades of royal rule millions of Iranians took to the streets in a popular movement against a regime that was seen as brutal, corrupt and illegitimate. Revolutionary forces, under the leadership of Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, forced the Shah of Iran into exile. His government was overthrown and replaced by a new Islamic order. The Islamic revolution put Iran on a new path – one that brought it to war with its neighbour and ongoing conflict with the West. Anatomy of a Revolution tells this story.

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The Trap (BBC Documentary – Full episodes)

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007) by producer, Adam Curtis.
The series consists of three one-hour programs which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically, “how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom.

Episode 1: Fuck You Buddy

In this episode, Curtis examines the rise of game theory during the Cold War and the way in which its mathematical models of human behavior filtered into economic thought.

Episode 2: The Lonely Robot

The second episode reiterates many of the ideas of the first, but develops the theme that drugs such as Prozac and lists of psychological symptoms which might indicate anxiety or depression are being used to normalize behavior and make humans behave more predictably, like machines.

Episode 3: We Will Force You to Be Free

The final program focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill one’s potential. Curtis examined the Western-backed government of the Shah in Iran, and how the mixing of Sartre’s positive libertarian ideals with Shia religious philosophy led to the revolution which overthrew it.

Iran and Britain (BBC Documentary)

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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Documentary in which writer and journalist Christopher de Bellaigue explores the fraught but often surprisingly intimate history of Britain’s relations with Iran, and asks why Iranians think that if something goes wrong in Iran then Britain must have something to do with it.

Iran and the West (BBC Documentary)

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Iran and the West is the name of a three part British documentary series shown in February 2009 on BBC Two to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The first episode was shown at 9:00pm on Saturday 7 February with parts two and three shown on consecutive Saturdays. The documentary looks at the relationship between Iran and the countries of the west and features interviews with politicians who have played significant roles in events involving Iran, Europe and the United States since 1979.


The Man Who Changed the World:

Key figures tell the inside story of Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power, the fall and exile of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis.


The Pariah State:

Inside stories are told by two ex-presidents of Iran and leading westerners. Subjects covered in this edition include the Lebanon hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq War, the death of Ayatollah Khomeini and the changing political climate of the Middle East following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Gulf War.


Nuclear Confrontation:

The inside story of the West’s continuing nuclear confrontation with Iran. Subjects covered in this episode include the rise of the Taliban in Iran’s neighbour Afghanistan, the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War and Iran’s emerging nuclear program.

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The Last Shah of Iran (BBC Documentary)

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

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This is a BBC documentary on the reign of the last Shahanshah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who was overthrown by Khomeini’s Islamic ‘revolution’ in 1979.

Many aspects of the Shah’s rule are evocated : his very personality as a king who hesitated when confronted with difficulties to crack down on dissent and as a king who wanted Iran to attain equality amongst western nations and the free world at large through a quick, ambitious and successful development program.