TEHERAN – Iranian director Parviz Sheikhtadi, famous for his anti-Zionist film “Saturday Hunter”, is making a TV series about Tahereh Dabbagh, a commando and political prisoner known as the grandmother of the Islamic Revolution.
He is currently shooting scenes from the series “Bye, Mother” in Zanjan, the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcast on Thursday.
Nasrin Babai plays Dabbagh, who goes by the alias Marzieh Hadidchi.
Because of her guerrilla activities and her long imprisonment during the Pahlavi period, Dabbagh was called “the grandmother of the Islamic Revolution”.
She was also the bodyguard of the family of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, in exile in Paris.
She was one of the political prisoners tortured with the Apollo set made by the SAVAK secret services to extort confessions. In the 1980s she was also the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Dabbagh was also a member of the Iranian delegation that brought Imam Khomeini’s historic message to the President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1989. She served several rounds as a MP in the Majlis and eventually died in 2016.
Sheikhtadi shot his latest film “Emperor of Hell” in 2018. The film sheds light on the role of an Arab mufti in the rise of IS extremism.
The film won the Golden Barberry Award for Worst Picture Participating in the 36th Fajr Film Festival. The award is presented by a number of critics and journalists who work for the Golden Barberry Foundation.
“Emperor of Hell” is the second part of his trilogy, the first part of which was produced in 2009 “Saturday’s Hunter” about Zionism.
âSaturday’s Hunterâ tells the story of a Jewish widow who marries a Christian. Her son’s grandfather asks her to bring his grandson to spend a short time with him, after which the boy can decide whether to stay with his mother or his grandfather.
Sheikhtadi also shot the TV series âLady Commanderâ for IRIB in 2017.
The series was about Sardar Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari, a Lorish Iranian revolutionary and activist of the constitutional revolution.
Bibi Maryam played a prominent role as military commander when the tribal forces of the Bakhtiari successfully conquered Tehran with the help of modern weapons from the German Empire in 1909 as part of the revolutionary campaign to enforce democratic reforms by the central government.
Photo: The political activist Tahereh Dabbagh in an undated photo.
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