What ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ Means to an Iranian-American | Bahereh Khodadoost | Ep 18

Bahereh Khodadoost is an Iranian-American artist. She is also host Sienna Mae Heath’s mother. The present-day revolution in Iran is led by the chant “woman, life, freedom” or “zan, zendegi, azadi.” Bahereh and Sienna consider what these words evoke in a sociopolitical context in Iran, and here in the US, and what womanhood, liberty, and life mean at their core. Bahereh also shares more of her experience of leaving Iran in 1979 and what it was like to study at an American university during the hostage crisis. On this episode of Leaving the Left for Liberty, they explore the power of the pen, the voice, and art as a whole when they fly in the face of the censoriousness of the Islamic regime (which is technically leftist). As a clay artist, painter, and poet, Bahereh believes: “The beat of the world is in the hands of the artists.”

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Sienna Mae Heath

Sienna Mae Heath is a growth writer. Sienna is the star and writer of the short documentary Real Unity produced by Free the People and screened at the Anthem Film Festival (FreedomFest) 2021. She now hosts Leaving the Left for Liberty on Free the People where she interviews whistleblowers, dissidents, and other alternative voices in the Western World. Empowering empaths through flowing truth in timely essays and poignant poetry, her most recent pieces have been featured on The Kim Iversen Show, The Equiano Project, Braver Angels Media, Medium’s Society, History, and Race pages, and The Independent’s “Conversations.” Locally in the Lehigh Valley, PA, she is known for cocreating a more beautiful world as The Sovereign Gardener and for developing The Hero’s Journey worksheet to guide survivors of abuse in telling their stories of liberation. Follow her on Substack, Medium, Instagram, and Twitter.

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