Before the Revolution

During the reign of Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran and Israel were close allies, a far cry from the sworn enemies they have since become. This bond went far deeper than simply trade or diplomacy. Eager to establish himself as a Middle East power broker, the Shah opened Iran’s doors to Israeli advisors, businessmen and their families. The Iranian economy flourished while the lucky Jewish transplants lived a disco-era dolce vita of unbelievable wealth and prosperity. But there was a dark side to all of this. The Shah’s corrupt regime kept millions living in poverty and under the thumb of the feared secret police, the SAVAK. A real life Argo doc thriller packed with Super 8 footage and fond remembrances of an unlikely alliance that shows no immediate sign of being rekindled.
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