Insight with Kamin Mohammadi: Rediscovering Iran

Talk August 17, 2011 7:00 PM


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When nine-year-old Kamin Mohammadi fled to London with her family in June 1979 escaping Iran after the revolution that brought down the Shah little was she to know that she would not step foot in the country again for 17 years.

She had watched the revolution unfold as her friends slowly stopped coming to school, and her neighbours started to disappear in fear of the secret police. Now, as an Iranian exile in Britain, Mohammadi struggled to fit in and pushed away her Iranian background.

She will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Pooneh Ghoddoosi from BBC Persian TV to talk about her journey back to her homeland to find the family she left behind, and to rediscover her Iranian identity after 17 years away from the country that she loved.

Now splitting her time between London and Florence,  Mohammadi is a writer, broadcaster and journalist specialising in Iran. Her work has seen her nominated for awards such as the Amnesty Human Rights in Journalism Award and the American Society of Magazine Editors for a National Magazine award 2011. She has also controversially covered issues such as the ‘epidemic’ of drug abuse in Iran post-1979 and Western attitudes to Iranian women.