Parthian captures a small slice of what life was like in Iran during the late 60s and 70s, drawn on the shared memories of parents and students from a bilingual school by the same name. Nestled in the hills of Darakeh, the Parthian School was unique in its offering of full curriculums in both English and Persian. The founders of the school were focused on raising acculturated students with a strong advocacy towards community service. As the 1979 revolution took place, the new Islamic regime was not tolerant of the school and pressed hard for its closure. These personal stories illustrate how a generation of Iranians went from being scattered all over the world in exile, to finding closure and forming a global Iranian community.

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Jamie Douraghy

Zahra Dowlatabadi

Mark Whatmore
Director of Photography

Jahanshah Ardalan