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FILM: Without My Daughter

Without My Daughter (2002, Finland) is a 90-minute documentary directed by Kari Tervo and Alexis Kouros.

'Not Without My Daughter' Iranian father dies

AFP, Aug 22, 2009, TEHRAN - Iranian Bozorg Mahmoody, whose American ex-wife portrayed him as abusive in a controversial best-seller after escaping Iran with their daughter, died Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported. Mahmoody, a US-educated doctor, "died in a Tehran hospital this morning because of kidney problems and other complications," his nephew Majid Ghodsi told IRNA. He was 70.

"He thought of his daughter till the end and passed away without seeing Mahtob," Ghodsi told IRNA.

In 1989, a book titled Not Without My Daughter was published, based on the story of an American woman, Betty Mahmoody. According to the book, Mahmoody and her daughter Mahtob were taken by her Iranian husband, Bozorg Mahmoody, for a "two-week holiday" to Iran, and he kept them there against their will. She managed to escape 18 months later, taking their 5-year-old daughter with her to Turkey and back to the United States. In 1991, a movie titled Not Without My Daughter starring Sally Field was released, based on the events described in her book.

This documentary tells Bozorg Mahmoody's side of that story. This documentary goes beyond the personal and emotional desires of a father seeking to meet his daughter and explores the wider political and global contexts underlying the case of the Mahmoody family.


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