A Jewish Teen In Post-Revolutionary Iran Iranian-American author and human rights activist Roya Hakakian talks about growing up Jewish in post-revolutionary Iran.
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A Jewish Teen In Post-Revolutionary Iran

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A Jewish Teen In Post-Revolutionary Iran

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Author, filmmaker and activist Roya Hakakian is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. Marion Ettlinger hide caption

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Author, filmmaker and activist Roya Hakakian is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.

Marion Ettlinger

Iranian-American author, human rights activist and filmmaker Roya Hakakian discusses growing up Jewish in post-revolutionary Iran.

Born to a well-off Jewish family in 1966, Hakakian's family lived peaceably enough in Iran until Islamic fundamentalist leader Ayatollah Khomeini took power in 1979. As oppression against Jews increased to a boiling point, Hakakian and her family fled in 1984.

Hakakian details her life story in the 2004 memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.

A fellow at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center and a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, Hakakian's most recent film is a documentary called Armed and Innocent, about children caught in wars worldwide.