Golshifteh Farahani sings for freedom

by Ghormeh Sabzi

Calm before the storm... a rousing song for freedom. Music by Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh. Lyrics: Pooyan, Video production by Sara Raha.


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Iranian Idol ?

by Vattan on

Is this Iranian Idol and we supposed to be the judges? mmm seems  like we have lots of Simons attittudes here :)


I only hope

by capt_ayhab on

I only hope that her beautiful and tender soul is not exploited for financial gains.

She is way too young and way too innocent.



I believe ....

by Souri on

Azarin is right. The lyric is perfect and Monfardzadeh's music is really the #1......

Golshifteh though, need to free her voice a little more and train it a bit.

A good try, anyway !



by hamidbak on

Bad music, horrible mix, and painful voice to hear. 

This music comes from the land of Hafiz and Rumi's poetry?  From the soil that produced Pazoki, Rohani, Janati?  From Iran, who has legendary singers like Delkash, Iraj, and Dariush?  From a region that is producing songs like Morghe Sahar, Farngis, and Yar Dabestani?

Thiswas a political song?!

I believe we deserve better, much better.  

This is "gand" all the way to the roots.  Pure garbage.


good job!

by alireza on

First of all the song, lyrics and video are powerful elements of this song.

Golshifteh has gone to try another side of her talent. I believe she is good but needs more practice and come out of the shyness.

At the beginning of the song it seems, Golshifteh has problem with using high and low pitch tone of her voice. but then in the end, the sound of her gets improved. Overall, it is nice, but I believe she could do a better job.



Azarin, Louie Azziz

by minadadvar on

I agree with both of you.  She can not sing at all.  But, it was a nice song. 

Darius Kadivar

Halah Sabre Kohn Keh Democracyeh Sarkozy roh mazeh koneh ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Then in a year's time we will see if her Republican- Jomhury Ideals  prevail ...



And LOL Encore ...

"Casse Toi Pauvre Con" - Sarkozy blunder at the Salon De L'agriculture


And Reiterated in news:


By that time she get's it she will end up voting for Royal thinking she is the Queen of France:


Baad Ham Beghoo ... Où est mon vote ? ...

Hee Hee ...



As Marvin Zonis,

by Free on

a long-time critic of the Shah in the 1970's wrote years after the fall of the monarchy, "the Shah's crimes were petty compared to the present regime."

We should all try to remember the enviornment in which one rules a nation like Iran, which is perhaps the most important geographic country in the world. Unlike the IRI, which has the backing of kleptocratic regimes like Russia and China, including many "enlightened" European countries, in the end, the Shah had zero support from any foreign state, none, not even from America. And of course, his external enemies were all too happy in 1970's to fund his internal enemies.

The Shah had to use a heavy hand at times, for the nation was literally teeming with traitors (Tudeh, funded by KGB Soviets) and terrorists (MKO and Fedayoun, funded by the Bazarris/British). In truth, the Shah deserved much better from us. However, because he had set Iran on an independent path post-1968, the more modern and progressive it got as a nation, the more enemies the Shah made for himself, and for Iran. When you try to change the status quo in a semi-feudal state like Iran, which had been under the thumb of the Russians and British (akhunds) for centuries, you're bound to make some serious enemies.

In fact, if the Shah and his father had been royally decadent, lazy and corrupt like the Qajars (and relaxed in their palaces and harams instead of trying to awaken a sleeping nation dreaming of Behesht and Imam Hossein), then Reza Pahlavi would be king today and there would have been no revolution. Like them or not, the Pahlavis tried to bring Iran out of the dark ages, an herculian task, and encountered resistance at every step, which naturally ruffled a great many silk feathers.

Let's be honest for once, the real revolution in 20th century Iran was the Pahlavi Dynasty. As such, the 1979 uprising was a counter revolution. Were mistakes made by the Shah? Of course, but the man tried to do the right by his country, which is far from the reality we face with our present rulers.

Louie Louie

Azarin is right

by Louie Louie on

She is out of tune; this is not a good song at all!

Azarin Sadegh

She needs singing lessons..:-)

by Azarin Sadegh on

 I'd say the only good thing here is Monfaredzadeh's music...otherwise the singing is pretty out of tune (the singing turned me off so much that I forgot to listen to the lyrics..which I am sure should be fine) ...and the video pretty cliche and predictable! (sigh, sigh, sigh)...such a pity though!


Let's step forward

by ChraghAli on

It seems every time it gets bloodier.  Let's hope we don't replace the system out of desperation with another extremist regime and understand that we will not be Sewden overnight.


A great song and video.

by Bavafa on

Completely agree with JJ, Yolanda and specially Suomynona.  Lets hope the next regime which I am hoping will be soon, Iranians get it right.




by yolanda on

4 minutes of sad history! Very hard to watch!


Very moving... Pray and

by Arthimis on

Very moving... Pray and Hope for Iran and Iranian FREEDOM!

The Fight is on until Victory of Kian against Satanic Republic Occupying (our beloved) Iran .

Love and Peace.


Great story telling

by Monda on

Strong images, lyrics and good timing of Farahani's release. Well done Golshifteh jan.


thugs are thugs

by Suomynona on

hopefully this go around we won't replace one thug with another like we did 30 years ago.


یه ذره مثه پسرا


یه ذره مثه پسرا می مونه


Good Job

by divaneh on

Very good video and excellent lyrics. And best of all, the timing of releasing this single.

Darius Kadivar

Well in that case I can't wait till Her promised Storm Breaksout

by Darius Kadivar on

And Therefore More Power to Her !

Just Hope She won't have to wait 30 more Years in Paris like Me and My family for the advent of an impossible dream ! ...

Nerkheh Zendegy Dar Paris Mesleh Democracy a la Sarkozy Va Carla Bruni Besiar Geroon Gheymateh !



That Said I Rest My case !

Not Once :


But Twice :



Honest and poignant flashback into our recent troubled history

by reader1 on


An honest and poignant flashback into our recent troubled history.  We need to know the truth about our past to understand what is important about our national identity today.


Good Job Golshifteh

by masoudA on

The fight goes on - and we will win.    Just wished more Iranians had the courage and attitude that you possess.

Jahanshah Javid

The fight continues

by Jahanshah Javid on

The video portrays a string dictatorships throughout our contemporary history, from secular to religious, with the current being by far the worst, and all hell bent on taking away rights and freedoms, all having zero legitimacy, none having any trust in the democratic process. These are facts.

The song is a reminder to these tyrants that the fight for freedom continues. Our silence should not be taken for acceptance or obedience. It is the calm before the storm.

Beautifully done.


To Statira

by jamh on

Does it really matter? Has anything changed except for the faces?


Great song and video

by statira on

She should do more of these type of work+she should focus more on the crimes of the Islamic Repulbic of Mullahs. Shah was an angel compare to Khomeini and his followers.

All the supposedly crimes of Pahlavi era was just executing those Marcists, Todehei and Fadaian Islam terrorists like Golsorkhi and Navab Safavi that weren't  innocent by themselves and were engaged in terrorist activities and killed several people.

Darius Kadivar

Vaaaaay ... Again Another of Those Politically Correct Clips ...

by Darius Kadivar on


Again it's All the Shah and our Imperial History's Fault why we Are in This Shit ! Blah Blah Blah Blah

But Instead of innaccurately Calling a Pletorian Guard a Gladiator like Your Friend Namjoo ... Can't This Post 1979 Revolution Generation Get a Little More Pertinent in their outlook 30 years on ? ...

Maybe Just a Little ... An Epsilone ... If You will ...

BOOK: EVEN AFTER ALL THIS TIME By Afschineh Latifi ( A Memoir )

THREE DECADES EARLIER: A Mother At Evin Doors (1980)

I call this Politically correct because there is nothing more convenient for an Artist than Not to Take Risks especially when it comes to Politics or trying to lecture from a Moral Standpoint. Farrokhzad further below on the Contrary TOOK RISKS Both Intellectually and Alas Physically ( something which I obviously don't wish For our Beautiful Golshifteh to take ).

Fereydoun Farokhzad -Role of the Artist and Politics - Refers to Greece and Poland's Solidarnosc:


Halah Karee Nadareem Golshifteh Jaan ... You want Excuses ? ...

You've Got Mine for what it's Worth.

But if You want me to Cry over Your Poor Choice in last June's Elections ? Or Tell You Where is YOUR Vote ?

All I can Give You in return is My Vote :

SATIRE: I voted ;0) 

Granted as a Monarchist I offer You not only My Humble Excuses for whatever it's worth but also Accountability for Not Only or the SAVAK Brutality but for 2500 Years of Monarchy built on Blood and violence in this country we call Iran or some of us Gharb Zadeh Tehranjelese like to think of ourselves as Persians ...


pictory: Political Pluralism and Freedom of Press in Pahlavi Iran (1961)

Mahnaz Afkhami: A Women For All Seasons (VOA/BBC Interviews)

'I was Iran's last woman minister' (bbc)

Not demanding Much You know ? ... Just slow it down on seeing merely Corruption in Your former Shahbanou's Dress Gown or Hypocrisy in the Last Shah's Tears of Depature or Tyranny in Reza Khan's Triumphant Smile when reviewing his troops ...

SOLIDARITY: Reza Pahlavi with Iranian Refugees in London (2005)

Daryush Shayegan Global Dialogue Prize Winner

WOMEN RIGHTS: Princess Ashraf Chairman of Women Status Commission (1965)

There Maybe A little More objective and Positive things to say about life under the Pahlavi Kings from time to time particularly for YOUR GENDER:

pictory: Promotional Film on Women during Pahlavi Era (1970's)

Women's Day: Farah, Jihan, Mahnaz Tehran (1970's)

Women's Day: Mahnaz Afkhami Pioneer Feminist (1975)

Women's Day: First Women to Attend Tehran University (1940's/1950's)

Mahnaz Afkhami: A Women For All Seasons (VOA/BBC Interviews)

pictory: Female Ministers in Pahlavi Era (1970's)

pictory: Mahnaz Afkhami and Shahbanou Farah in Lorestan (1976)

Mahnaz Afkhami International Women's Conference in Mexico City (1975)

My Humble and Corrupt Opinion,

DK (an Iranian expat in Paris, France Far Longer than You have been who happens to be Constitutional Monarchist and Proud to Be One)

Recommended Blogs:

PROUD TO BE IRANIAN AND A MONARCHIST: Fereydoun Farrokhzad Up Close and Personal (Mid 1980's)

pictory: Egyptian President Sadat Opposes True Islam To IRI's "Khomeinism" (1979/1980)


JAVIDAN: Shah's Imperial Guard dies during an attack by Khomeini guerillas (1979)

JAVIDAN: Farokhroo Pārsā (1922-1980) 

JAVIDAN: Fereydoon Farrokhzad (1935-1992)

JAVIDAN: Generals Ayat Mohagheghi and Mehdi Rahimi


A Women for All Seasons: In Memory of Farokhroo Pārsā by Ardavan Bahrami


Maryam Hojjat

Beautiful & Sad song & singer!

by Maryam Hojjat on

Thanks GS again for posting.