The little girl depicted in the movie has written her own book, about how she made emotional and mental peace with her father, even as she and her mother feared him. Her mother Betty Mahmoody remembers knitting the sweater in Iran, having begged her husband to find yarn so she could make something warm for her daughter to wear. Mahtob says she didn't write the book to process her feelings about her father. They had rented a house in Southfield, and had undertaken steps to build a house in Birmingham. Mahtob was to start a Montessori school in September, but, first, her father was determined to take a trip to Iran.
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Not Without My Daughter is a American drama film based on the book of the same name , depicting the escape of American citizen Betty Mahmoody and her daughter from her abusive husband in Iran. Due to his background, he is often mocked and ridiculed by American physicians at the hospital where he works. Moody claims that his Iranian family wants to meet Betty and Mahtob, and asks them to come with him for a two-week visit. Despite her deep fears about visiting Iran, particularly due to the Iranian Hostage Crisis of several years earlier, Betty reluctantly agrees after her husband promises they will safely return to America. Upon their arrival, they are all greeted warmly by Moody's family.
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By all indications, Not Without My Daughter should be a forgettable movie. In the larger cultural imagination, the film was consigned to oblivion. But Not Without My Daughter has its own curious legacy. It endured in the years following its January 11, , release as a troubling albatross for Iranians that, often, was presented as evidence of the barbarity of Iranian men. Not Without My Daughter is set a handful of years after the Iranian Revolution, which turned the nation into an Islamic state, prompting a mass exodus of Iranians.
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