Narrated by his son, this insightful family drama depicts the true story of Hibat, a fearless revolutionary, who is born in Iran, but grows to detest the rule of the Shah and lands up in prison. When he is finally released, he finds love and they begin the process of risking their lives to find freedom, a journey that culminates in their emigration to France.
Born in Iran and raised in France, Kheiron (last name: Tabib) – known locally through a series of one-man shows and TV appearances – tells the story of his father, Hibat, and mother Fereshteh, two lovebirds forced to flee their homeland after the tumultuous events of the Iranian Revolution, eventually settling in the rough Paris banlieue of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.
This multi-layered tale kicks off by revealing how the humbly raised Hibat grew into a fervent opposer of the Shah (French comic Alexandre Astier), joining a Communist resistance that would land him in prison for over seven years. After lengthy periods of torture and solitary confinement, Hibat was finally released around the time of the 1979 uprising. He soon fell in love with the headstrong nurse Fereshteh, but their honeymoon was cut short by the rise of an Islamist dictatorship under the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Despite the traumatic events unfolding, Kheiron manages to infuse these early sequences with plenty of humor, depicting Hibat and his merry dissenters as a quick-witted gang willing to risk their lives in the name of freedom. There are arrests, deaths and, eventually, a clandestine crossing through the mountains into Turkey.
When the couple finally makes safely to France, they continue to be active in anti-Khomeini protests. After years of study and hard work, they land community service jobs in the mixed-race neighborhood where they settle north of Paris.
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