How one man's death, changed history Trailer Details

Synopsis

An expose of the last King of Iran’s medical story

On January 16,1979, the Shah of Iran Mohamad Reza Pahlavi, left the royal palace, the Peacock Throne and his beloved country Iran for the last time, commencing what became a 19-month odyssey into exile. He wondered hopelessly from Egypt to Morocco, Bahamas, Mexico, the U.S, then Panama and back again to Egypt where he died furtively at the age of 60. His death had profound consequences for the future of the Middle East and the world, yet the untold medical story of the last King of Iran has to date remained a puzzling mystery. By unraveling the secrecy surrounding this critical period of history, beginning from the onset of the Shah’s illness, to the diagnosis/misdiagnosis and maltreatment, “A Dying King” exposes the main causes of the Iranian Revolution, the pursuant 444 days hostage crisis, and the adversarial relations between the U.S and Iran.

A directorial debut by Bobak Kalhor

Feature Documentary, 85 minutes

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Screenings

LOS ANGELES
Laemmle Theatre
opening November 15
Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd. Encino
one week exclusive showing

NEW YORK
Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas 
opening December 8
2784 Linden Blvd. Brooklyn
one week exclusive showing

Director's Notes

In Conversation with Bobak Kalhor

  • Why did you make A DYING KING?

  • What was the urge for telling this story?



The Shah of Iran died on July 27th 1980, 557 days after being forced from his peacock throne into exile. His departure changed the future of the middle east and brought about the advent of political Islam.

It is puzzling why the true history of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, America’s involvement in that affair, and the comprehensive story surrounding the fall of the Pahlavi monarchy has yet to be accurately told. It may be owed to the Shah’s own insecurities in keeping important matters secret, but 38 years have passed and we still know next to nothing about one of the watershed historical events of the 20th century and the demise of one of its most colorful personalities.

This film is the culmination of 7 years of chasing shadows and trying to reconstruct a series of events that led to the removal of a monarchy and the birth of an Imamate in Iran. The King's illness was a natural place to start, as his mortality seemed to be the one true connection to reality that made the Shah’s motivations seem human. What was his illness? When was he first diagnosed? How was it treated? How did it change his behavior as a ruler? What contingencies were made by the West?

The trove of archival information required to establish an accurate account of this history is either locked up in classified government files or suppressed for similar reasons by the academic storytellers and the historians that serve as our interpreters to the past. But those who bravely came forward to share their story with me, on and off camera, have helped tell at least a medical portion of this important segment of world history. I hope someday, the future will afford us a chance to tell the rest.

Bobak Kalhor

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Credits

Director & Producer BOBAK KALHOR
Associate Producer SHAHIN SHAFAEI
Cinematography AMIR MOTLAGH
Editors DENIS OPALCHENSKI, SHAHIN SHAFAEI
Writer BOBAK KALHOR
Research BOBAK KALHOR, SHIRIN TOWFIGH, SHAHIN SHAFAEI, DENIS OPALCHENSKI
Medical Consultant SHIRIN TOWFIGH, MD
Legal Consultant NADIA DAVARI
Music ANONYMOUS
Promotion AMY PRENNER, ALFRED HOPTON, CATHERINE DARAVI, FRED PARVANEH
Titles & Graphics AMIR PARSTABAR
Artwork & Poster REALEYE DESIGN STUDIO
DIstribution VISION FILMS, CARU PICTURES

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