Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sundance Films: The Queen and I

Title: The Queen and I
Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani
Website: No website found
Potential Major Release Date: No known release date beyond Sundance

Summary: Nahid Persson Sarvestani's thought-provoking documentary about her friendship with Queen Farah, the wife of the Shah of Iran, demonstrates how even those at most odds -- politically, idealistically -- can find middle ground and understanding. As a child, Nahid was poor, so when the queen unprecedentedly answers questions about the shah's repressive principles, the conversation is both political and personal, leaving Nahid's objectivity shaken (NetFlix).

Thoughts: I'm not sure how I feel about this film, though it certainly sounds intriguing. Most filmmakers want to put their subjects on edge, pushing them to the extreme in order to see what truth they uncover about the human condition. Director Nahid Persson Sarvestani (an Iranian-Swedish filmmaker) takes it a step further, pushing herself to the extreme while confronting a symbol of the very things she attacks in previous works: Queen Farah, the wife of the Shah of Iran. The film sounds surprisingly noncombative and I'm sure Sarvestani followers won't be happy with this change of heart, but it's a risk she's willing to take.

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