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The Last Persian Shah

52’ (ENG, GER, FRE), 45’ (GER)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi would have been 100 years in October 2019. The Shah's story begins with good ideas and ideals and ends in bloody chaos. On the one hand, he helped carry Iran into modernity.

His wealth was legendary, and his marriages made tabloid headlines for years. However, his name also stands for a time of human rights violations, vicious oppression and intolerance. Had Shah Reza Pahlavi not come to power, it’s unlikely that radical Islam would have the widespread political and brutal effects it has today. The film shows what has remained of the legacy of the regime after the Islamic Revolution to this day combining his biography with the social, political, economic and religious tendencies of the time.

Original Title: Der Schah und der Ayatollah
Year: Release: August 2019
Length: 52’ (ENG, GER, FRE), 45’ (GER)
Resolution: HD
Produced by: WDR, arte

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