SamanMedia Produces New Documentary Film Told Through the Voices of Iran's Revolutionary Generation

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"Alam High School," a ground-breaking documentary film, explores the transformative power of the Islamic Revolution on Iranian students.

ALAM HIGH SCHOOL explores the impact of the Iranian Revolution like never before. This film tells the compelling story of the bright, youthful minds of Iran which were forever changed by their circumstances.

SamanMedia (, the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud, announces the production of Alam High School (

Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud, best known for his film, "$lowdown", starring "Argo" actor Ali Saam, unveils his latest work on a documentary film exploring the reach of the 1979 Islamic Revolution into one unique Iranian high school, and its compelling connection to the United States.

Alam High School, once a highly regarded school in the conservative city of Mashhad, Iran, was transformed by the Revolution into a detention center and prison for political dissidents. The film, Alam High School, depicts the lives of high school students who were once insulated from the changing and increasingly hostile climate by the walls of their school. Their feelings of security are quickly shattered when the walls are penetrated and their school becomes the source of their detention. These students’ transformations are viewed through their deep connections with the American teachers who opened their eyes, minds, and hearts to both their own culture and the world around them.

"Alam High School explores the impact of the Iranian Revolution like never before. This film tells the compelling story of the bright, youthful minds of Iran which were forever changed by their circumstances," says Houtan Yaghmai, producer of Alam High School and Chief Executive Officer of SamanMedia. The story is especially meaningful for the film’s director. "This documentary gives a voice to a generation that has not had a chance to tell their story," he says. "I was born in Iran after the Revolution, and as a product of that time, I have always been intrigued about what Iran was like during the Shah’s rule, how the Revolution came to be, and what it accomplished or relinquished. I am exploring all of these curiosities in Alam High School through the former students of this elite school who experienced it all."

From stories of innocence and youth to harrowing stories of detention and abuse, Alam’s shift parallels the transformation of Iran which forced its people to confront new realities.

Alam High School is currently in production and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year with plans to premiere in 2015.

About SamanMedia

SamanMedia is the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud. Saman recently completed post-production on his film “$lowdown”, starring “Argo” actor Ali Saam. “$lowdown”, which exposed the devastating reality of the American economic recession, was widely praised on the film festival circuit. It won the Golden Ace Award at the 2011 Las Vegas International Film Festival, received nominations for Best Short Film and Best Actor at the 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles and is currently on a five city tour, including San Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago as a "Best of Noor Iranian Film Festival" movies. Following, “The Old Car” and “$lowdown”, Alam High School will be the third film by SamanMedia, and its first documentary feature.

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