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.

Prisoner of TehranIn 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 injustice.



After Tehran


Watch "The Story of Dance in Iran" narrated (in Persian) by Marina's father
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.

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