US Premier of HAYEDEH Documentary

April 23, 2009 by  

HAYEDEH, Legendary Persian Diva” will have its US premiere at the Noor Film Festival in Los Angeles on May 1st.

Made by 28-year old pianist and journalistPejman Akbarzadeh, based in the Netherlands, the 100-min. documentary is in Persian with English subtitles.

The documentary contains an extensive review of Hayedeh’s artistic activities, and includes rare videos, audio clips, photos, and interviews with the main figures of her career. During the course of the film, we hear from the songwriters Andranik, Mohammad Heydari, Anoushirvan Rohani, Farid Zoland, producer Manouchehr Bibiyan, conductor Farnoush Behzad, music critic Mahmoud Khoshnam, tar soloist Parviz Rahman-Panah, and the last Persian queen Farah Pahlavi. 

The documentary looks at Hayedeh’s career against the backdrop of political and social upheaval in Persia (Iran) as the nation went from monarchy to revolution to protracted war that forced many of its best and brightest into exile.

Partially supported by Radio Zamaneh and Miec Marketing, “HAYEDEH, Legendary Persian Diva” was filmed in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK and was edited by Mostafa Heravi.

The world premiere of “Hayedeh, Legendary Persian Diva” was organized on the anniversary of the singer’s death in January 2009 at the Griffioen Cultural Center (associated with Amsterdam’s VU University). The US premiere will be held on the first night of the Noor Film Festival in Los Angeles on May 1st, at 20:00. Pejman Akbarzadeh, will be at attending.

Since the 1979 revolution in Persia (Iran), which brought a fundamentalist religious government to power, women have not been allowed to sing in public. All Persian women singers were forced to end their careers and many of them moved abroad to sing. Hayedeh was one of those who fled Iran.
Hayedeh began her career in the mid-1960s. She studied Persian vocal music with various masters such as the legendary violinist and songwriter Ali Tajvidi at Radio Tehran. For more than 20 years she performed both Persian classical and pop music. Her extraordinary powerful and tragic voice led some to describe her as the Persian Maria Callas. 
Revolution and immigration to the West added a new dimension to Hayedeh’s career. She sang of the pain of exile and oppression of the people inside her country. Her songs reflected the despair of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. This empathy made her even more beloved among most Persians. 
During the course of her career, Hayedeh performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Musikhalle Hamburg, the UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, among other venues. 
Hayedeh’s unexpected death in exile at the age of 47 was a shock for the entire nation.


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