November 29th, 2007
Marina is a young girl growing up in safety and comfort in Tehran during the 70′s and early 80′s. A spirited soul with strong convictions, she questions her new government’s replacement of a teacher with a young fanatical girl. Marina asks to be taught the subject matter, calculus, instead of the political rhetoric. The result of this act of defiance culminated with the class walking out of the classroom in quiet protest. This is remembered by the new regime who picks her out of her home and places her into Ayatollah Khomeini’s notorious Evin prison. She finds herself in a new world, full of fear and without physical or emotional comforts. She is saved from execution by a conflicted and lonely interrogator who blackmails her with the safety of her family and those she loves, into marriage. Although still considered a prisoner, she trades one set of horrors for another in the name of survival. The lines between good and evil blur for Marina as she begins to see some semblance of humanity in her new husband while questioning what he does when he is not with her.
Now living in Canada, the wife of her childhood sweetheart, Marina has kept silent about her life, until now. The Prisoner of Tehran honors those who were not blessed with her good fortune.