“Not Without My Daughter” is a true story written by Betty Mahmoody. Betty, of Michigan, was married to Dr Sayyed Bozorg “Moody” Mahmoody. Betty and Dr Mahmoody brought their daughter, Mahtob Mahmoody, to Iran for a visit.
Betty Mahmoody today is an author. Betty Mahmoody today is a public speaker who travels all over the US and the world, to talk about her experiences and how she has handled her life.
The Betty Mahmoody today is different from the Betty who was a domesticated housewife of years ago. Betty was surprised to learn that her husband tricked her and he planned to stay in Iran as he lost his job in Michigan. Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody became prisoners until Betty befriended a shopkeeper with underground contacts. He helped Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody to escape from Iran.
The Mahmoody mother and daughter reached the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, where they eventually were assisted to return to the US on Feb 9, 1986. Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody had lived in Iran for 18 months.
Not Without My Daughter has been made into a film. Dr Mahmoody has given his version of the custody battle to a film maker, Alexis Kouros. Kouros made the documentary, “Without My Daughter”, to dispute some perceived disagreements in Betty Mahmoody’s story.
Betty Mahmoody today is a writer and lecturer who is committed to help women and others who have similar predicaments as her own.
(Details of the Mahmoody story are at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Without_My_Daughter)
Today, Betty Mahmoody is the President and founder of “One World: For Children”. One World aims to promote security and protection to children of bi-cultural marriages. Mahmoody is a consultant to the Michigan State on the subject of international kidnapping of children.
In 1990, Betty Mahmoody was honored as the Outstanding Woman of the Year, Most Courageous of the Year, and Woman of the Year (Germany).
Today, Betty Mahmoody is a speaker who tours the country to lecture on her expertise.
Mahtob Mahmoody today.
Mahtob Mahmoody is a speaker on victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Mahtob wa sonly 4 years old when she survived her ordeal but she has grown up fine.
The movie Not Without My Daughter.
Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal and Roshan Seth acted in the movie, “Not Without My Daughter”. Field played Betty Mahmoody. Molina acted as Moody. Rosenthal was Mahtob. Seth acted as Houssein.
Sally Field in “Not Without My Daughter”.
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