Jews of Iran 2005
Distributed by Filmakers Library, 124 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016; 202-808-4980
Produced by Australian Broadcasting Co.
VHS, color, 88 min.
Sr. High - Adult
Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Date Entered: 03/02/2006Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA
This short production gives a very, very brief look at the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside of Israel. Originally produced for the Australian Broadcasting Company we are given a peek at a very close and proud community. Although some seventy-five per cent of the Jewish community has emigrated from Iran since the Mullahs took power in 1979 (most to the United States or Israel), the remaining 22-25,000 have become more devout and close-knit. Enduring low-level discrimination they persevere and, although many wish to leave, a number wish to remain to make sure that the community continues its two-and-one-half millennia history. This production is a very professional journalistic production. There is not much depth, but it gives one some idea of the lives of these people. An unseen narrator explains this story as we see views of the city of Shiraz as well as scenes of the lives of these people: temple worship, business life, a circumcision among others. When the Iranian Jews speak there are subtitles to assist the viewer with their imperfect English. Technically, this production shows no lack with the sound and picture quality being very good.