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 Vaziri is an educator, writer, and filmmaker. In her production work she made documentaries on Iran and Iraq, produced by KCET/Link TV, the National Geographic’s All Roads Project, and Deep Dish TV. She worked as producer on Link TV’s Bridge to Iran series that showcased documentaries from Iran and Deep Dish’s award-winning Shocking and Awful television series that covered the US invasion of Iraq.

She holds an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University. She has taught at Penn State University and New York University. Her areas of research are documentary films, particularly Iranian documentaries, and World Cinema. Her independent documentaries are about the immigrant experience, the upheavals of revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdistan region, and years of difficult history with the US. They are distributed by Women Make Movies, Arab Films, and guidedoc.tv. (2/22)


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