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[4] Her mother wrote her version of their story in her 1987 biography Not Without My Daughter, which was adapted into a 1991 feature film of the same name in which Mahtob was portrayed by Sheila Rosenthal and her parents were portrayed by Sally Field and Alfred Molina. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. Mahtob Maryam Mahmoody (Persian: مهتاب محمودى born September 4, 1979)[1] is an American author who wrote the autobiographical memoir My Name is Mahtob,[2][3] which depicts her perspective of her family's story when she and her mother, Betty Mahmoody, were held captive by her father, Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody, in his country of birth, Iran, for a period of 18 months during the mid-1980s. With every break-in I felt more frustrated and more vulnerable,” recalls Mahtob. We had to abide by his rules. Make sure that the file is a photo. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. He left his country at the age of eighteen to attend university in the United States, where he was known as “Moody”. Guest Name / Person Interviewed or Featured in Article or Video: © 2020 The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Mahtob says she feels sad for her dad, the poor choices he made, and that he squandered his life in such a way that so many people were negatively affected. 169366027, ; Maintained by JAC (contributor 46531832) Cremated, Other. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to feedback@findagrave.com and include a link to the page and details about the problem. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Mahtob would attend school under a false name to protect her identity. Mahtob says, “It seems fitting that the day I celebrate freedom from my dad’s oppression is also the day I celebrate my freedom from the oppression of sin, death, and the power of the devil.”. Hear about the 'nest' of... And the LORD said, "That's right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.". You have chosen this person to be their own family member. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. Her mom got sick with dysentery and was barely clinging to life. He invited Mahtob to meet her father for a reunion. If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. Oops, we were unable to send the email. It was very smelly, frightening, and noisy in the country. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. DOES LISTENING TO GOSPEL MUSIC COUNT AS TAKING DELIGHT IN THE LORD? After six months the police closed the case for lack of evidence of whether her father or an intruder was involved. Mysterious incidents began to occur with her and other family members. During the Iranian Revolution which took place in the late 70’s, Mahtab’s dad changed. Betty was worried that Mahtob would learn anti-American sentiment at school. Her worst nightmare came true a couple of months later. “I have forgiven my dad.”. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. They had several close calls, but they knew God was with them and paving the way. Thanks for your help! [3], Since Moody was an Iranian citizen by birth, he legally had complete custody of Mahtob. [7] Mahtob and her parents lived in Texas before moving to Michigan. Mahtob’s dad, Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody, was from Iran. We’ve updated the security on the site. [5][10] They successfully made it back to the United States and Mahtob never saw her father again. [3][10][13], When Mahtob was 13, she was diagnosed with lupus. For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. Flowers added to the memorial appear on the bottom of the memorial or here on the Flowers tab. Select a place on the map to place the pin. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. They draped layers of blankets over the sides to create a barrier to protect them from shards of glass. Try again later. Mahtob experienced the bombings of warplanes and heard the air-raid sirens. [16] Mahtob is a devout member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Angela Braniff's book, "Love Without Borders," details her journey from the 'American Dream' to God's purpose for her life. The day after her twenty first birthday she received a message from a Finnish film producer. And we were in his country. In college, this illness would rear its head again. [10] Mahtob stated in an interview with NPR: So it was the night before we were to leave to return to America. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. [11] Mahtob also alleged that her father would physically beat her and her mother. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? The producer was making a documentary about Moody. She chose to ignore the email. In the summer of 2000 Mahtob began receiving emails from strangers. Try again. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Author of My Name is Mahtob, (Nelson Books, 2015), Subject of book, Not Without My Daughter, and 1991 movie starring Sally Field, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Michigan State University. After being struck down by COVID, a dying man sees a vision that sustains him during 71 days in the hospital. In 1984, when Mahtob was four she and her parents left for a two week vacation to her father’s homeland. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. [10] She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then he forced Betty to send letters and pictures that made it seem like they were happy in Iran. GREAT NEWS! And my dad came in and said that's it. He told Betty that she was not going back and said, “You are in Iran until you die.”. Initially, he told the family back home that the government wouldn’t let them leave the country. It was going to be all right. Every day Mahtob would beg her mom to go home. It is important.” Her mother confirmed her fear. During this time, Iran and Iraq were at war. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. You know, he was, from that moment on, completely changed.

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