« Shazdeh Ehtedjab » offered the first opportunity to take a look at the people who ran Iran not long ago, and many of them still hold important positions today. This was the main reason for me to decide to make the film, but not the only one. I also considered the opportunity to speak for the masses that were imprisoned, poisoned, humiliated and murdered without saying their piece. Aside from that, « Shazdeh Ehtedjab » was quite challenging as its complex story structure was in contradiction with the logic of a country which had condemned all new kinds of cinema.
The script of « Shazdeh Ehtedjab » was ready almost five years ago. T first, i twas banned by the Commission that approves scripts and give a shooting authorization. Two years later, it got the authorization of the Commisssion under another title and another author’s name. Getting this approval doesn’t mean that the film will be made an dit took another two years to find a producer and complete financing it. Finally, in early 1974, the TELFILM production company entered the project and the shooting began. The film was entirely shot on location in Ispahan.
Bahman Farmanara, born in 1942 in Theran, comes from a family whose original business was textile – but was the only son who did not join the business. He went off to United Kingdom and later on to the US to study acting and directing. He graduated from University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema in 1966. After returning to Iran and doing his military service, he became film critic for the Tehran Journal from 1966 to 1968. He then joined the National Iranian Radio and Television as producer and director (he produced some 150 shows from 1968 to 1971, and directed two documentaries).
Title in Original Version : Prince Ehtedjab