Iran is marking the 40th anniversary of its revolution with a parade in the capital, Tehran. In 1979, the shah was overthrown and the country was renamed the Islamic Republic.
When Ayatollah Khomeini took power in Iran in 1979, he harshly persecuted critics. Maryam Zaree was born in a prison for political opponents. With her film "Born in Evin," she sets off to break the silence of the past.
Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, the regime in Iran appears to be firmly in the saddle, thanks to its effective use of violence and censorship, but it may not continue for long, says DW's Jamshid Barzegar.
Forty years ago, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is little excitement left from those times; even pro-reform forces are exhausted, except for the women among them.
People flooded Tehran's Freedom Square as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 ousting of the monarchy. Anti-US sentiment was on show with some demonstrators chanting "death to America" and burning US flags.
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