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Najeeb: A Persian Girl in America
26 minutes

Najeeb: A Persian Girl in America

After the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979, after which 80,000 Persian Jews fled the country. Since then, thousands of young women have grown up in Iranian homes in the United States, where they negotiate the contradictions of their conservative, traditional world at home and the America that lies outside their front doors. This documentary follows the filmmaker as she attempts to reconcile her own independence with the expectations of her parents, extended family and the occasional matchmaker.
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"Looks at young Iranian Jewish women in New York and Los Angeles who feel caught between community and family expectations, on the one hand, and American sexual norms, on the other…The film's point of departure is filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian's own twenty-fifth birthday, which ushers in an unrelenting campaign of pressure from her parents and community to choose a suitable Iranian-Jewish man and get married. The subject matter is compelling and many of the conversations surprisingly candid. I would recommend it for use in courses or lectures focusing on Middle East-U.S. gender and/or immigration issues. - Lital Levy, UC Berkeley, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
• Woodstock Film Festival (2000)
• Brooklyn Film Festival (2000)
• Berkeley Film & Video Festival (2000)
• Middle East Studies Association Film Festival, 2003

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