Yesterday evening I went to the movies with my mom. We save the movie "The Queen and I" or "Drottningen och jag" as it's called in Swedish. It's a Swedish produced documentary by Nahid Persson Sarvestani who is a filmmaker and Iranian exile, and the movie is about her meeting with the former Empress Farah Diba Pahlavi, the wife of the late Shah of Iran. Nahid was part of the revolution which sent the late Shah and his family into exile in 1979.
This is a very good movie about two women from opposite backgrounds, both suffering from being in exile and not having the possibility to return to the country they both love. They share their daily lives, political views, and what have happened in Iran before and after the revolution.
Sometimes in the movie I could relate to how they miss their home country and being able to stand on its soil–in fact, one of the scenes of the movie shows Farah Diba receiving soil from Iran and her reaction to it. I remember so strongly every time we came back to Sweden and the flight came in over Arlanda airport and I saw all the magical green–at least they seemed magical green when coming from the plains of Colorado–pine and spruce trees. When landing and walking around something just made me calm and peaceful, it really felt like I was home. USA and Colorado was my home for 9 years by choice, but Sweden will always be my home, it's part of my heart and soul.
There are so many people across the world who for some reason have to leave their country in order to survive. I, however, left Sweden by choice and had the ability to go back to visit and even move back. I can't imagine how hard it would be to not have the ability to go back to your home country, and if you do attempt to do it you could get imprisoned, tortured and/or killed.
More information of Farah Diba Pahlavi can be found here
, and of Nahid Persson Sarvestani here
After the movie we met up with my dad and Mathias at Jensen's Böfhus where we ate a very yummy dinner and dessert.