The Nightingale of Iran
It was a golden age for Jews in Iran. In the 1950s, a religious Jew – Younes Dardashti – became a national celebrity, singing at the Shah’s palace and on the radio. In the 1960s, his son Farid became a teen idol on TV. They were beloved by Iranian Muslims. But at the height of their fame, they left the country. It has always been a mystery to our host Danielle Dardashti and her sister Galeet – Why did their family leave Iran? Now, in a documentary podcast series, the sisters reveal painful secrets unspoken for generations. The Nightingale of Iran is a story...
Keelin • Mentally? A Magpie. • Feb 8, 2024
"Through making this audio-documentary the sisters are learning about themselves, about a heritage that sometimes was too painful, and layers of culture they only can observe through the unraveling of time and the revealing of sound. Lessons and histories that they hold dear, are being opened to the greater world as a bridge between there and here, and then and now. "
Frank Racioppi • Ear Worthy • Feb 5, 2024
"It’s a superbly crafted podcast documentary that focuses on a family and its long held secrets, while balancing a tale of geopolitical forces that flow like a hidden current through the crevasses of culture and art. It’s an exploration by two women, Danielle Dardashti and her sister Galeet, of their family roots, mysteries, and events left unspoken for decades. …"