Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva


Directed by: Pejman Akbarzadeh

Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, which brought a fundamentalist religious government to power, women have not been allowed to sing in public. All women singers were forced to end their careers and many of them moved abroad. Hayedeh (1942-1990) was one of those who fled Iran so that she could continue her singing.

"Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva" is 2009 documentary film about this iconic singer, made by the exiled musician and journalist Pejman Akbarzedeh. He is the author of a 4-volume history of 20th century Persian musicians. His first cinematic project was nominated as the "best documentary" at Noor Film Festival, Los Angeles. The film includes rare videos, audio clips, photos and original interviews with the main figures of the singer's career.