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The Life Of 'A Legendary Persian Diva'

Pejman Akbarzadeh, an Iranian pianist, writer, and journalist based in Amsterdam, has produced a documentary about the life and work of Hayedeh, one of Iran's most loved and iconic singers, who died in exile in 1990.

Hayedeh has been described by some as Iran's Maria Callas and the queen of Iran's music. She fled Iran shortly before Iran's 1979 revolution that brought in an Islamic republic under which, among other things, women were banned from singing in public.

The documentary is due to premiere in Amsterdam on January 24. In the documentary, Hayedeh calls the Iranian revolution a "calamity" for Iranians. Watch the trailer of the documentary above.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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