HU OSA 350-4-2 Iran

Identity Statement

Reference Code
HU OSA 350-4-2
1980 - 1999
Description Level
Extent and medium (processed)
14 BetaSP NTSC, 0.42 linear meters

Content and Structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
The Iran series consists of documentaries and raw footage covering Iranian history from the Islamic Revolution and the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty in the 1980s to the Gulf War and the situation of the Kurds in the 1990s. It also includes a CNN report on the Iranian government twenty years after the revolution and raw footage of a public stoning in Iran in the 1990s.

Not Expected

Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions governing access
Open to the public.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyrights are held by creators/producers (no rights are held by OSA at CEU).
English, Persian
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
14 Beta SP NTSC tapes

Description Control

Archivist's note
Processed by Anna Kövecsi and Alexandra Lăzău-Ratz, December, 2010 – January, 2011; revised by Anna Kövecsi and Csaba Szilágyi, May, 2011.
Call Number Description
BetaSP NTSC #1
Two Kings, One Destiny / Doh Padshaheh, Yek Noshet
Part of a series about Iran's history from Cyrus The Great (Koroush) until the Islamic Revolution of 1980. This is an intriguing documentary, examining the Pahlavi dynasty in an attempt to understand its eventual demise.
Persian language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 21 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009792
BetaSP NTSC #2
From the Qajars to Khomeini / Az Qajar ta Khomeini
A documentary about the reign of the last Shahanshah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown by Khomeini’s Islamic ‘revolution' in 1979.
Persian, English language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 1 hour 2 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009793
BetaSP NTSC #3
The Shah of Iran / Shahan-e Pahlavi
Portrait of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi who was the Shah of Iran from 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on February 11, 1979. He was the second and last monarch of the House of Pahlavi. The film contains rare archival footage of the shah and his family, as well as of various diplomatic missions.
English language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 52 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009794
BetaSP NTSC #4
In Defense of People: Trials of Golsorki and Daneshian
In 1972, the Shah of Iran began televising live the military trials of political prisoners to serve as a deterrent to the opposition. Those on trial were expected to beg for mercy; two of them—Khosrow Goulesorki and Kerramat Danneshian, heads of the Tudeh party—refused and were executed. Through their story this film looks at the Shah's attempt to maintain power while change was already on its way in Iran.
Persian, English language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 1 hour 33 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009795
BetaSP NTSC #5
Important Moments of the History of Iran [1/2] / Vaqiyeh Mohimeh Tarikheh Iran [1/2]
Rich with archival footage, this documentary series presents the cornerstones of Iranian history, from the controversies of the Shah's rule to the controversial victory of the Islamic revolution.
Persian, English language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 1 hour 33 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009796
BetaSP NTSC #6
Important Moments of the History of Iran [2/2] / Vaqiyeh Mohimeh Tarikheh Iran [2/2]
Rich with archival footage, this documentary series presents the cornerstones of Iranian history, from the controversies of the Shah's rule to the controversies of the Islamic revolution and its aftermath.
Persian, English language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 8 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009797
BetaSP NTSC #7
Public Stoning
Raw footage smuggled out of the Islamic Republic of Iran in December 1991, documenting the use of stoning as a form of public execution. Tape contains highly graphic images.
Persian language, Date of production: 1991, Duration: 19 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009798
BetaSP NTSC #8
USS Nimitz in Preparation for Iran Mission
USS NIMITZ, CVN 68 Indian Ocean; pre-flight activities involving USN RH-53D helicopters prior to the Iran Rescue Mission; transfer of a USN RH-53D from hangar deck to flight deck; RH-53Ds in pre-mission paint running up engines on flight deck; Captain John Batzler, USS NIMITZ, Commanding Officer pinning eagles on newly promoted captain.
Afghan Persian, Dari language, Date of production: 1980-04, Duration: 18 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009799
BetaSP NTSC #9
Tehran Morals Police
Amateur footage from the streets of Tehran, Iran, about the Morals Police stopping and questioning women and men about the clothes they are wearing.
Persian language, Date of production: 1990, Duration: 6 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009800
BetaSP NTSC #10
Bad Saba
Documentary film about nomads in Iran.
Persian language, Date of production: 1993, Duration: 1 hour 3 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009801
BetaSP NTSC #11
Marines in The Persian Gulf
Camp Lejeune, February 15, 1988–June 10, 1988: covers retaliatory assault and destruction of Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf on April 18, 1988; briefing of US Marines preparing for the assault aboard the USS TRENTON, LPD 14; marines landing on the oil platform and total destruction of all seven platforms comprising the total site; and debriefing at Camp Lejeune. Includes shots of the damages to USS AMUEL B. ROBERTS, FFG 58, and Target Acquisition Camera (TAC) coverage of the assault.
English language, Date of production: 1988, Duration: 1 hour 2 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009802
BetaSP NTSC #12
CNN Perspectives: Revolutionary Journey
Christiane Amanpour, who left Iran at the start of the Islamic Revolution, returns 20 years later for a CNN special. She covers the Iranian Revolution and the status of the government of Iran in the late 90s by interviewing her family, elders, and the Iranian youth. The report includes a mixture of old archival footage and footage of contemporary Iran. The highlights of the report are the tales of Western-oriented young people who would rather party and listen to rap music than participate in the Iranian revolution; the “western” English speaking, upper class Iranians who lead a double life and participate in behavior illegal in the Iran of the 1990s; photos and the testimony of a man who was punished for participating in parties; footage of the protests and riots on the campus of Tehran University during the summer of 1999 and interviews with the organizers of the student protests; reports on the use of the internet in Iran and the desire for Western music and films; reports on freedom of the press and a report on publisher Hamid Reza Jalalaipour; interviews with college student, Fatemeh Haghighajou, who is religious, yet wants a different Iranian society; and an interview with Muvadi Savogi, one of the hardest of the hardliners in the Iranian government on the desire for reforms and freedoms.
English language, Date of air: 2000-02-27, Date of production: 1999, Duration: 55 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009803
BetaSP NTSC #13
Iran Bombs Iraq
For centuries, Kurdish nomads have freely crossed the mountainous borders that officially split their homeland between Iran and Iraq. Iran is determined to divide up the Kurds and is spending millions on new roads and military bases along its border with Iraq. It wants to quench support among the Iraqi Kurds for the separatist Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran. KDPI fighters have based themselves in villages in Northern Iraq in preparation for their campaign in Iran. From their mountain vantage points Kurds watch Iranian shells destroy their homes. Torn apart between four countries, the shelling is a reminder of just how vulnerable the Kurdish nation is.
English, English language, Date of production: 1993-07-01, Duration: 7 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009804
BetaSP NTSC #14
Iranian Offensive against the KDP Headquarters and the A.M.I. Hospital / Offensive iranienne contre le QG. du PDK-Iran et l'Hopital A.M.I.
Footage displaying the consequences of the Iranian bombardments of Kurdish villages, particularly the KDP headquarters and the A.M.I. Hospital.
Kurdish language, Date of production: 1993-03-13, Duration: 17 min.
Digital version available | HU_OSA_00009805