Political Iran on Film

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.16.09 | 10:32 AM ET

Foreign Policy has a timely list of movies “that have stirred the country’s politics over the years.” The selections span four decades, from the Shah’s day to the present, and could be great fodder for some armchair traveling—for this week, probably the only sort of travel that’s advisable to Iran.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


3 Comments for Political Iran on Film

hass 06.16.09 | 1:27 PM ET

Actually lots of people travel to Iran and are quite safe even now. Remember that even at the height of the 1979 Revolution, no foreigners were hurt by Iranians.

Eva Holland 06.16.09 | 1:32 PM ET

Hass, I think the US embassy staff held hostage for over a year in 1979-1981 might disagree. And at least one foreign journalist has already been arrested and beaten this week in Tehran—I’m certainly not someone who buys into the idea that Iran is NEVER safe, but things are so uncertain there right now, I don’t know that it’s the best time for a holiday. (Besides which, I’d be gobsmacked if you could get a visa.)

Grizzly Bear Mom 06.17.09 | 12:49 PM ET

in 1981 the hostages had to “run the gauntlet” of Iranians who assaulted them before they boarded the plane before they were evacuated.  Recently, Americans have been accused of being spies and jailed there.  Finally, Americans must travel as part of a tour when visiting Iran.  I will put off my visit to a particularly intriging country until the Iranian government makes me feel welcome. Protests against the current political situation seem to indicate that things are changing.

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