Health in Iran: The Untold Story

This animation is about the Syyhat Hospital and its adjacent educational facilities in Iran, which were built under the instructions of Abdu’l-Baha and run by American doctors who brought women’s health care and Western medicine to Iran.

In spite of all the great medical achievements in the West at the turn of the 20th century, Iran was still deeply immersed in a fog of superstition and fanaticism, and modern medicine was still looked at with distrust as almost 98% of the population was illiterate. While researching about the first Western-style hospitals in Iran, filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh found out that an important part of Iran’s history had been erased from the 20th century – namely, the Syyhat Hospital and its adjacent educational facilities, so he decided to bring this history back through this short animation.

This film was made by Flavio Azm Rassekh in collaboration with PersianBMS and Ganje Penhan.

You can also watch the Persian version of this animation here: Health in Iran: The Untold Story (Persian) – بهداشت در ایران: داستانی ناگفته

And watch more by Flavio Azm Rassekh here:

* Breaking the Chains: The Story of the Girls Schools in Iran

* Through Their Eyes – Meeting Abdu’l-Baha

* Also, check out the ‘Hope From Iran’ trilogy of short films by Flavio Azm Rassekh available in English and Persian as well: ‘Hope From Iran’ playlist

* Learn more about Abdu’l-Baha and the commemoration of the Centenary of His passing here: Abdu’l-Baha: The Mystery of God

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 2 Comments

  1. Well done, clever animations and an important story to tell. How sad therefore that like so many Baha’i films the production quality of the narration is so poor. It may be OK for non native speakers of English but with more coaching and better editing it could be greatly improved.

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