Septembers of Shiraz

Synopsis: Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Wayne Blair
Production: Millennium Films
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
16
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
PG-13
Year:
2015
110 min
Website
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- Come on, let's go out!

- No, khanoum,

it's too heavy for you.

- Habibeh, you've been working

since 5 A.M.

I can carry a cake.

- Navid, keep smiling,

you might give me some nephews.

- Khanoum,

please let me take care of it.

- Hello. Hello. Oy! Thank you.

Thank you.

Gather round.

Don't worry, I won't sing.

I promise.

Thank you. Thank you all...

For coming this evening.

I guess the last year

has been...

Challenging.

It's one way to put it.

Very challenging, for all of us.

But, uh...

We're still here,

and we're celebrating.

And we have you

to thank for that, son.

You and that hard head of yours.

I can just hear

your grandfather.

If he were still here,

he would be saying

the same thing about me.

Now you're on your way

to boarding school in the U.S.

I think we told you that

we needed to think about it.

- And I said,

"don't you even dream about it."

- And in the meantime,

he did what any young man

with a good, uh, you know...

Did what I did

when I was your age.

You took matters

into your own hands.

And I couldn't possibly

be more proud.

So... here we are.

Sending parviz off to...

Deerfield academy

in Massachusetts.

Travel safe. Study hard.

- And don't you dare come home

with a cowboy hat.

- L'Chaim.

- L'Chaim!

- Just eight months

since the shah fled Iran,

the ayatollah khomeini

and his islamic revolutionaries

have consolidated power

and transformed the country.

Sharia law now rules the land,

and a rising tide of violence

is now targeting

many of the very groups

that helped

the revolution abound.

Students, socialists,

intellectuals and, indeed,

just about anyone who is not

an islamic fundamentalist.

Revolutionary guards are now

running the city of Tehran.

- Come on, baby, let's go up.

- All that needs

is a match and:
Boom!

Oy.

Do you really not feel it?

Or you don't want to?

That we're sitting

on a time bomb.

- You see what that does to you?

It's not good for you.

You get totally wound up.

- Wound up! Our country

is coming apart at the seams!

- Please, Isaac, not again.

- Open your eyes, farnaz!

Take it all in.

Because at some point soon

we're going to need

to leave it all behind.

- Mama, baba! Are you okay?

- We're alright, sweetheart.

- What happened?

- Must've been a bad tube.

- Yeah.

- I, uh... have to...

Finish my packing.

- Okay.

- Good night.

- Good night.

- In a shift away

from its declaration

that the government

would not include

a supreme islamic

clerical ruler,

the ayatollah has claimed

that the guardianship

of islamic jurists--

- habibeh, would you

turn that off, please?

- Yes, khanoum.

- Changes to the newly proposed

constitution--

- we need to talk.

I'll be home for lunch.

- Good. At what time?

- One o'clock.

- Okay.

What about my kiss?

- Bye, baba.

- Bye.

- Lock your door.

Go on, you're gonna be late.

Shirin, your scarf.

How pretty.

- Hmm. Beautiful, harad.

- Thank you, boss.

- Hmm.

Excellent.

No, we're actually

ahead of schedule.

Yes, we'll ship the orders

tomorrow.

Thank you.

Mm-hmm, thank you.

Likewise. A pleasure. Bye.

- Brother amin,

we're here by order

of the revolutionary guards.

You're under arrest, brother.

- May I see your papers?

- Brother, don't concern

yourself with papers.

You're brother amin, correct?

- Yes.

- Then come with us.

Yalla.

- I'm brother mohsen.

Please follow me.

Have a seat.

Not there, the other one.

So...

Brother amin...

What exactly do you do?

- Ahem.

I'm a gemologist,

and a jeweller.

- Hmm.

Our records show that you

travel to Israel quite a bit.

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Dalia Sofer

Dalia Sofer (born 1972) is an Iranian-born American writer. Born in Tehran, Iran was raised in a Jewish family during revolutionary Iran, she eventually moved to New York City when she was 11. She attended the Lycée Français de New York, and went on to study French Literature at NYU with a minor in creative writing. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, was published in 2007. Sofer is the recipient of the 2008 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for The Septembers of Shiraz. She has also won a 2007 Whiting Award for fiction, and has been a resident at Yaddo. more…

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