Saturday, January 8, 2011

Not Without my Daugther

Today i watched an old movie called Not Without my Daughter based on a true story.

The main story is about a women Betty who is married to Moody an Iranian doctor living in America and their child Mahtob. Moody wants to see his homeland again and after saying with his hand on the Koran they would be back in two weeks Betty decides she will go as she thinks she will be back after the two weeks.

Once Betty, Moody and Mahtob get to Iran she is asked to wear a Chardor which she does, when the family arrive at Moody's sisters place a sheep is slaughtered at the door step that they are to step over before going into the house the lamb is then distributed to the poor of the area.

After the two weeks Betty is seen to be packing her bag and asks Moody about going back to America where Moody turns around and tells her they are not going back that they are going to be living from now on in Iran.

As Betty has no freedom and wants to come back Moody says she can go back to America but she has to leave their daughter Mahtob which Betty doesn't want to do.

She talks to her mother who suggest she goes to the Swiss Embassy where she is told that as she married an Iranian man she is no longer American but Iranian and they cant help her get back to America.

One day she is out and she meets a man who makes a plan of how to get Betty and Mahtob out of Iran. Betty and Mahtob were to escape on 29 January when Betty received a phone call saying her father was ill with this Moody said that Betty could go back to America but Mahtob was to stay behind, Betty gets to a phonebox where she rings the man helping her to escape she talks about going back to America and coming back for Mahtob, the man suggest she doesn't do this as Moody may stop her from coming back into Iran.

On a day that they had been invited to dinner at a neighbor’s house Moody is called out to help a patient Betty makes an excuse that she has to go and buy presents for her parents (elsewhere it says Betty said she needed to go buy flowers to take to them, since it is a tradition in Iran. In addition, Betty was actually driven to the market area by her friend (a patient of Moody's) Fereshteh Noroozi she tells Fereshteh she will walk back to get some fresh air) but actually Betty and Mahtob escape and start their trip back to America

Now its up to you to believe everything about this movie as i don't know many Iranian people I'm going to err on the side that only part of it is true.

I did find a documentry called Without my Daughter from the fathers side but one thing got me the whole time while watching it, it says how he wanted to meet his daughter but why did he wait so long to try and find her, why didnt he go back to America and see if he could see her and not wait till she was 21?

I found a site that has supposedly tells you exactly how it happened if you would like to know more about this Not Without my Daughter