A Place Called Home

A film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri

USA/Iran | 1998 | 30 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled | Order No. 00638


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.


"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 Author


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


Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an award-winning independent filmmaker and educator, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. Currently she is completing her doctoral studies at Temple University. She works for Link Television series Bridge to Iran and on documentary programs that promote understanding of Iran, including Cinema Encounters in Tehran and Conversations in Tehran. She has worked for Deep Dish TV on a 12-part series about the war in Iraq, which was broadcast on PBS and has been shown world-wide in museums, art houses and universities. It was included in the 2005 Whitney Museum Biennial.

Her personal documentaries are about Iran and her relationship to the country she left as a young person, the upheavals of revolution, the Iran-Iraq war and years of difficult history with the US. Her work has shown widely in museums, art houses, universities and on television. They include Road to Kurdistan, 2011, Women Like Us, 2002; A Place Called Home, 1998; Far From Iran, 1990; Journal from Tehran, 1987. Her work is distributed by Women Make Movies and Arab Films. (8/14)


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