#13: Before The Revolution
Directed by: Dan Shadur
2013 / 60 mins
During the 60’s and 70’s thousands of Israelis are living in Tehran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah and his dictatorial rule. Protected by large arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israeli community enjoy a wealthy and luxurious lifestyle; failing to note that the corrupt and despised ruling power to which they are connected, is collapsing. By the time they understand that their ‘Iranian Paradise’ is turning into hell, it is almost too late, and they stand to find themselves in the middle of the Islamist revolution, due to take Iran by storm.
Using rare archive footage, interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, businessmen, and their families, the director – whose family had been part of the very same community – reveals a new perspective on the revolution that changed the world. What starts as a nostalgic look at a lost era, becomes a thrilling story where huge dreams are shattered in a dark reality of greed, blindness, and lust for power.
A graduate of the Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv University, Dan was a writer and editor in some of the main newspapers in Israel, before shifting into Film and TV making. Dan was the founder and chief editor of the cultural section of Globes – Israel’s leading financial newspaper, and founder of Shadurian Publisher’s – a publishing house for cutting edge literature from Israeli and international writers.
In the last couple of years, he made a few shorts, video clips and various works for TV, including a 30 minutes fiction film – “Sunburn”.