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A short film written and directed by Lila Yomtoob




LARGESSE MEDIA presents Solya Spiegel  Nico Pollak  Ali Reza Farahnakian  Soraya Broukhim and Sondra James produced by Gregory Horoupian director of photography Adrian Correia  production designer Guy Kozak edited by Lila Yomtoob rerecording mixer Chad Birmingham original score Ljova Zhurbin  written & directed by Lila Yomtoob

In November 1979, a group of young Iranian revolutionaries took 63 hostages at the American Embassy in Tehran. This event echoed daily on television sets across America for 15 months, and soon enough Iranians living in the States were singled out because of their nationality. The dream of the American melting pot was over.
America 1979 is a fourteen minute narrative film in which an Iranian American nine year old girl and her teenage brother are coming of age with world politics influencing how they behave, how they are treated, and ultimately who they will grow up to be.

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Solya Spiegel

Solya Spiegel

Regina

Nico Pollack

Nico Pollack

Bobby

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Bijan

Soraya Broukhim

Soraya Broukhim

Roya

Sondra James

Sondra James

Mrs. Ambrose

Lila Yomtoob

Lila Yomtoob

Writer & Director

Greg Horoupian

Greg Horoupian

Producer

Adrian Correia

Adrian Correia

Director of Photography


A Few Photos from the set of “America 1979″

We are taking a short break from editing, which gives me a few extra free moments to share some photos with you! Cast and Crew try out their hand at cursive on the blackboard. From left to right:  Andre Gulik (Extra) Liene Dobraja (wardrobe designer) Sondra James (Ms....

The Scallion Wars: Passover Iranian Style

I felt honored to write this comedic expose of Passover Iranian Style for a great blog called Sex and Fessenjoon. I’M A JEWISH IRANIAN IRAQI AMERICAN. Yes, it’s a mouthful. Every year my family would have a Passover Seder. My mother would cook and clean for a week...

Ajam Media Collective

Thank you Ajam Media Collective, for asking me to write about my motivation for making “America 1979.” From the forward by Ajam editor Alex Shams: The Iran Hostage Crisis was a seminal event in the experiences of thousands of Iranian-Americans. Although...

Fundraising Campaign through Indiegogo.com launching July 8th!

We are gearing up for our big fundraising campaign! Soon we’ll be providing a link to the donation page, where you will be able to see a cute and passionate video of Lila asking for money, and the fun giveaways we are offering as a bigTHANK YOU to our...

…and we’re back!

After an unexpected hiatus, “America 1979″ is back in action with production scheduled for September 2013. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for frequent...

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