Journey From The Land Of No (2004) In 1979, a bright-eyed Jewish girl looked out the window of her new home in Tehran and saw the words "Jews get lost!" graffitied on… 2004-08-10
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Journey From The Land Of No (2004)

Details Release Date: Aug 10, 2004; Writer: Roya Hakakian

In 1979, a bright-eyed Jewish girl looked out the window of her new home in Tehran and saw the words ''Jews get lost!'' graffitied on the wall across the way. Five years later, in the midst of the Islamic revolution, Hakakian and her family did indeed ''get lost'' -- moving to America. Now the ''60 Minutes'' producer-turned-documentary filmmaker liberates her past by poignantly and delicately recounting the harrowing moments of a childhood burdened by religious persecution, censorship, and political strife. (In particular, the final, gut-wrenching ''It's time we leave for America'' scene illustrates the author's graceful, poetic style.) Roya Hakakian successfully blends an adult's ripened awareness with a child's naive optimism to make this Journey From The Land Of No well worth taking.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints