Still from Before the Revolution

Before the Revolution

Co-presented by the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies

During the 1960s and ‘70s thousands of Israelis lived in Tehran, enjoying a special relationship with the Shah. Protected by large arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israeli community failed to note that the despised ruling power to which they were connected was collapsing. Employing archival footage and interviews, what starts as a nostalgic look at a lost era becomes a thrilling story where huge dreams are shattered in a dark reality of greed, blindness and lust for power. (2013, Dir. D. Shadur, 60 min.)

A Q&A with director Dan Shadur follows the screening.

A traditional Persian tea will be served following the program.

Trailer for Before the Revolution


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
HAMMER PLUS Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.