Pegah Ahangarani was flicking through old family photographs when she came across one showing a group of children clambering around a tree somewhere in the Iranian countryside. There were smiles, boys showing off for the camera, and a man standing at the front.
His name was Gholam, a close family friend. The family stopped talking about Gholam. He stopped coming to their house. In the photo, his face was scratched out. Ahangarani would find out he had been executed in the late 1980s.
Ahangarani tried to find the ghosts of the Islamic Republic's brutal past after the rediscovery of this lost memory, and interrogating the state's version of history as it tried to suppress the biggest challenge to its authority since the revolution 44 years ago when the rediscovery of this lost memory prompted Ahangarani to do what many younger Iranians are doing now: looking for the ghosts of the Islamic Republic's brutal past and interrogating the state's version of history.
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