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The Queen and I
dir. Nahid Persson Savestani
Sweden, 2009, 90 minutes
English subtitles

Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Saturday, May 28, 2011, 7:00 pm
Nahid Persson Sarvestani was 17 at the time of the 1979-80 Iranian revolution, when she and her friends protested the Shah in the streets and hoped for a new, more open government. Turns out the new tyrants weren’t much better than the Shah. Today, Sarvestani is an accomplished documentary filmmaker who remains in exile. Fascinated by the life of the Shah’s widow, who still considers herself the Queen of Iran, Sarvestani manages to gain access to her, making for an oddly intimate encounter. Sarvestani wants to blame the widow for the sins of her late husband’s brutal regime, but she also shares the Queen’s longing to return to Iran. QUEEN is as much about recent Iranian political history as it is about the complex relationship between documentary filmmaker and subject. Fascinating. English sub-titles.