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A Place Called Home
USA/Iran, 1998, 30 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W00638
Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri grew up in pre-Revolution Tehran daydreaming about an ideal life in the West. Nineteen years later, after living and working in the U.S., Persheng explores her controversial decision to move back to Iran, to return to the place she never stopped calling home. In this fascinating and very personal documentary, Persheng's interviews with her family--with her mother and sister in the U.S. and with her father, who chose to remain in Iran--reveal some of the complex layers of expatriate, national and cultural identities. The film features a rare glimpse at women's lives in contemporary Tehran.


  • San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
  • Women in the Director's Chair Film and Video Festival

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    "Beautifully executed and filled with insight about her family of origin and in particular, the culture within which Iranian women live and forge their identities."
    Beverly Singer
    National Museum of the American Indian

    "Can you go home again? Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri documents here the searing angst of exile and the equally devastating experience of return to Iran."
    Ellen Fairbanks Bodman
    University of North Carolina

    "A touching, sensitive homecoming film, which like all homecomings kicks up more dust than it settles."
    Hamid Naficy

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