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Jews of Iran2005

  • 3.9
The Jewish community in Iran dates back over 2,700 years. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 resulted in the departure of many Jews from the country. JEWS OF IRAN focuses on Jews currently living in Iran and on recent historic developments. The Jews in Tehran, young and old, speak about different kinds of discrimination they face as well as the positive aspects of Iranian life. These positive things include close friendships between tolerant Muslim and Jewish families. And of course there is a strong and responsive bond within the members of the Jewish community itself. In Isfahan, we witness the love and passion that the film's subjects have developed for their home. In Shiraz, the film uncovers an espionage case against the Jews in the area. This film is the first time a Muslim director, Ramin Farahani, has made a film about the lives of Iranian Jews and provides rare access into a community that is flourishing despite its hard circumstances. This film allows the viewer to learn about the problems, the way they preserve their Judaism and their hopes for the future.

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I was born and raised in Iran till the age of 14 in a Jewish community. I left in 1972. It was wonderful seeing Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz and the people from the Jewish communities still remaining in Iran. The documentary was sensitively and beautifully made.

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I was born and raised in Iran till the age of 14 in a Jewish community. I left in 1972. It was wonderful seeing Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz and the people from the Jewish communities still remaining in Iran. The documentary was sensitively and beautifully made.

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Wish this 2005 film had a sequel every 5 years.

I think this would have been a more interesting movie if they had actually followed people and their stories closely.As it was, it jumped around a lot.Interesting subject for sure.

good documentary. Hard to see how they struggle to survive in Iran