Recommended Reading
Rage Against the Veil by Parvin Darabi

Another rec from Inga la Gringa… a telling of the tragic life of Dr. Homa Darabi by her sister, Parvin Darabi.

Stoning of Soraya M by Freidoune Sahebjam

Our columnist Inga la Gringa recommends this journalistic account of the life and death of an Iranian woman, Soraya, who was killed by stoning as persecution for her alleged marital infidelity. The Islamic regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini is depicted as a breeding ground for fundamentalist vigilantism reminiscent of the witch hysteria of early Salem, Massachusetts. 

Daughter of Persia by Sat Farman Farmaian

Our advice columnist Inga la Gringa recommends this autobiography for travelers “perplexed about persia.” A fascinating personal account of the Islamist Revolution in Iran, Farman Farmaian’s studies at UCLA, return to Iran to found the Tehran School of Social Work, and eventual exile.

The Last Great Revolution by Robin B. Wright

A reporter who has been covering Iran since 1973 explores the country pre- and post-revolution.

Saffron Sky by Gelareh Asayesh

A biographical journey by an Iranian woman living in the U.S.

To See and See Again by Tara Bahrampour

The daughter of an Iranian and an American returns to Iran for the first time since fleeing with her family during the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Persian Mirrors by Elaine Sciolino

New York Times reporter Elaine Sciolino delves into the complexities and contradictions of Iran, unpacking myriad myths about Iranian women, Islamic law, and Persian culture. This book is an excellent background on the country and a suggested follow-up read for anyone who liked Adventure Divas’ Iran: Behind Closed Cha-dors.

Films & Documentaries
Mokarrameh, Memories and Dreams by Ebrahim Mokhtari

A documentary on the life of Iranian Diva Mokarrameh Ghanbari, distributed in the U.S. through First Run Films.

The House is Black by Forugh Farrokhzad

A lyrical documentary film by beloved poet Forugh Farrokhzad, the late sister of Diva Pooran Farrokhzad. Filmed in twelve days at a leper colony in Tabriz, Iran.

Under the Skin of the City by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

A film set during the 1997 Parliamentary elections about the struggles of a lower-middle class family in Iran.

The May Lady by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

A divorced mother of a teenaged son is commissioned to make a documentary about the “ideal mother.”

Blue Veiled by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

The story of a widower who runs a tomato farm and a woman who comes to work there.

Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine by Bahman Farmanara

A filmmaker who has been banned from his art for 20 years considers his mortality and decides to film his own funeral.

The Circle by Jafar Panahi

The stories of three women living on Kish Island.

Apple by Samira Makhmalbaf

The true-life story of two 12-year-old girls imprisoned in their home by their father — starring the family upon which the story is based.

The Red Ribbon by Ebrahim Hatamikia

Diva Azita Hajiyan stars in this flick about a woman returning to her family farm after the Iran-Iraq war. This film is not currently released in the U.S. We suggest you contact for more info on obtaining this film via import or future domestic release.

The Legend of a Sigh by Tahmineh Milani

The experiences of four Iranian women from various social strata and a legendary man.

As Night Falls on Silk Road

Cross-cultural Persian and Indian improvisations with Tabla by the masters.

Trip Guide: Iran

a few travel tips

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