Farah Diba Pahlavi - The Last Empress

interscience film on behalf of SWR/ARTE
7th October 2018, 9.55 pm, ARTE

A Film by Gero von Boehm

The film is an homage to mark the 80th birthday of Farah Diba Pahlavi, who became the first and only empress in the history of Persia fifty years ago, in 1967. The history of this country, which dates back over millennia, and its culture are as much the theme of this film as is the life of the Empress, who today serves as a role model to women in Iran and throughout the world.

What was Farah Pahlavi’s experience of all the vagaries of fate? Where did she draw her near superhuman strength from? How does she view modern-day Iran and the developments there? What is her view of the future? And how does she give hope to those Iranians who believe in the future of their country?

The film goes on a journey with Empress Farah Pahlavi through her truly unique love story. It documents her life today in Paris and travels with her to the Biennale in Venice.
The film also gives voice to relatives and people who have shared in her story: her son Cyrus Reza, Jehan el-Sadat (the widow of Anwar el-Sadat), Andrew Scott Cooper (historian) and others.