Without My Daughter (6)

The other side of 'Not Without My Daughter'

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Intro on YouTube: "The the real Mahmoody behind the backwards like and violent Mahmoody character in the 90's movie 'Not Without My Daughter'. He is still in search of his beloved daughter, Mahtob Mahmoody.

"Sayed Mahmoody (70) is a medical doctor who trained in the UK and the USA. He lived and worked in America for more than twenty years where he established a successful practice as an anaesthetist and consultant in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT). OMT is a holistic treatment that deals with the patient as a whole being. OMT practitioners use their hands to apply pressure on muscles, nerves and joints to relieve pain, stiffness and tension in the whole body.

"He is an aristocratic Iranian by birth. Sayed's mother and father died by the time he was eight-years-old, and he was raised by his sister. Although a strict Muslim, he is no way fanatical and believes that Islam is a religion of tolerance, enlightenment and peace.

"Sayed returned to Iran with his wife, Betty and daughter, Mahtob with the aim of using his medical knowledge to help treat the victims of the Iran-Iraq war. Days after his green-card expired, Betty left Terhan without warning, taking Mahtob with her on a Swissair Flight to the US. She then divorced Sayed in a US court where he had no voice, so gaining control of all the family's assets, including substantial properties and savings. The court case and subsequent publication of his wife's book, Not Without My Daughter, made him persona non grata in the USA.

"Sayed has never remarried and continues to work full-time as an OMT practitioner, anaesthetist and university lecturer in Tehran."


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Mahtob's freedom from a tyrant

by Jenni (not verified) on

Mahtob is a grown woman and has every right to keep herself safe from anyone she considers a threat, even the man who is her biological father. I saw the documentary "Without my Daughter" and he comes across as a bitter, spiteful person full of hate who tries hard to seem like a good guy who has been wrongfully portrayed - in my opinion he failed. If he really loved his daughter he would respect her wishes and stay out of her life; then again if he really was a kind, loving father she wouldn't want to keep herself separated from him...


Good job with the clip!

by Concerned Iranian (not verified) on

Whoever did this film must have worked very hard. This is not an easy clip to put together, especially when you interview people across two continents. My feeling is that he did mistreat her and she did have to do something about it, which she did. He does not seem like a pleasant man. True, she may have lied and exaggerated in the movie and the book, but people do that to sell. Real life is not that exciting if it is not exaggerated and sensationalized a bit. Too bad it had a negative effect on the image of the whole country of Iran.
I am sure she (Mahtab) has a comfortable life wherever she is. She and he deserve to see each other. He is her father and she is his only daughter. He is not the brghtest light in the universe but he is her father and is getting only older. Never mind his warped sense of reality, he is still a father and should unite with her child. I hope that happens soon for both of these people's sake.