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Roya Hakakian: An Iranian-American Perspective

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Roya Hakakian: An Iranian-American Perspective

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Commenter Roya Hakakian emigrated from Iran to the United States in 1985, seeking political asylum. Heidi Guttman hide caption

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Commenter Roya Hakakian emigrated from Iran to the United States in 1985, seeking political asylum.

Heidi Guttman

Iranian-American author, activist and filmmaker Roya Hakakian discusses political upheaval in Iran.

Hakakian grew up Jewish in Tehran, an experience she recounts in her memoir Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.

A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Hakakian is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and a fellow at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center. Her most recent film, commissioned by UNICEF, is Armed and Innocent, a documentary about child soldiers in wars around the world.