Trailer for After Tehran
The lovely and talented Crystal Loszchuk, a Canadian singer/songwriter, has dedicated one of her songs, "Lift your Voice," to Iran's political prisoners. It's beautiful and you can find it on iTunes. I have pledged to donate 25 cents for every song sold to my favourite charitable organization, the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges
by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran's notorious
Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing
their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with
cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed.
She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her
and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon
after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was
assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but,
ironically, it was her captor's family who eventually secured her
release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of
Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and
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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Story of Dance in Iran" narrated (in Persian) by Marina's
who was a dance instructor in Iran for many years (click
here for an English translation)
Students' Artworks: created by the Grade 11 students from the Technical Vocational High School in Winnipeg after reading Prisoner of Tehran.