Jelveh Pedraza escapes persecution but loses family members during the Iranian Revolution. Recognized as the last Miss Iran, Pedraza endures 13 years of survivor’s guilt, shame, and identity loss. This is the story of one woman’s journey in rediscovering her identity and rebuilding family in an ever-changing environment.

“When people would ask us about where I was from, I would think about many different countries before I would ever admit that I was from Iran.” -Jelveh Pedraza

Producer: Leila Pari & Mingjie Zhai; Interviewer & Writers: Leila Pari; Director & Photographer: Wade Chao; 

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