PRICE FOR FREEDOM, based on the amazing true story and book by Dr. Marc Benhuri, stars: Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; Nixon; The Firm); Navid Negahban (“Homeland”; American Sniper; The Stoning of Soraya M), Sally Kirkland (Academy Award nominee; Anna; JFK); Ken Davitian (Borat; The Artist; Meet the Spartans); Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo); Robert Bogue (“Oz”; “Grand Theft Auto”; Scavenger Killers), Mandy Bruno (Emmy nominee; “Guiding Light”); Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner); Mary Apick (Ferestadeh; “Homeland”); Joanne Baron (The Ungodly; iMurders), Suzi Lorraine (Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite), and Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer; Walk of Shame; “Witchblade”).
Kenneth Del Vecchio (producer/screenwriter) has written/directed/produced over 20 feature films, with recent distribution deals with industry leaders such as NBC/Universal, Anchor Bay, Millennium Entertainment, Cinedigm, Screen Media Films, Vivendi Entertainment, Midnight Releasing, Cardinal XD, Green Apple Entertainment, Fabrication Films, and E-1 Entertainment. Mr. Del Vecchio is also a best-selling author (novels & legal books) and a former judge. He is also the founder & chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival, called by FOX, MY and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World …Dylan Bank (director/screenwriter) has directed multiple features with Del Vecchio (Scavenger Killers, Rock Story, Captured Hearts), as well as previously directing the acclaimed Nightmare.
PRICE FOR FREEDOM will have its worldwide premiere as the Opening Night Movie at Hoboken International Film Festival on May 29, 2015.
Here is the synopsis for PRICE FOR FREEDOM:
After serving as the dentist for the Shah of Iran, Dr. Victor Daniels – an Iranian Jew who had immigrated to the United States as an 18-year-old in 1964 – launched the largest automotive factories in Iran in the late 1970s. Just a few years into his $350 million success story, he watched as the Ayatollah Khomeini personally ordered the burning and destruction of his newly-born business empire. Over 30 factory workers died and another 128 were injured. This was just a symbol of the murdering rampage initiated throughout Iran by Khomeini, the tyrannical Islamic chieftain who spearheaded the formation of Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Party of God in Egypt, the terrorist organization who killed Anwar Sadat and ultimately gave birth to Al-Qaeda.
Daniels was not blind to the nature of the Shah’s despotism nor could he ignore the reports of the persecution leveled by the ruler’s secret police against those they considered subversive. However, under the Shah’s secular leadership, 1979 Iran had become one of the world’s leading economic superpowers, with virtually no unemployment and over a million students attending colleges and universities; this was a far cry from the nation’s third world state just 25 years earlier (when the Shah took power), where over half the population was without work and less than 2,000 persons were attending college. With the Shah exiled, all this prosperity ended under Khomeini’s fanatical dictatorship. Daniels determined to wage a private war against the radical Islamic leadership.
The dentist-turned-manufacturer-turned-ex-patriot rebelled with an arsenal of activities to save family and friends from incarceration and death at the hands of the extremist regime—and to hamper one of their greatest coups, the American Hostage Crisis. He used money. He used politics. He used manipulation. He used his own underground railroad.
When Daniels’s father was imprisoned and viciously tortured along with four other former Jewish corporate heads, he paid Khomeini’s regime $140,000 cash to secure his dad’s release; the other men were executed. When his brother-in-law, who ran one of the largest Iranian textile companies, was brutally murdered after a kangaroo court trial, he snuck his sister and her family out of the country and into the safe haven of Spain. When his close friend, the Minister of Finance and Economic Policy, was shot by a firing squad, he watched as the man’s beautiful young wife acted out the most primitive form of human justice – going on a serial killing rampage and assassinating the Islamic Mullahs and Ayatollahs responsible for her husband’s death. Daniels then arranged for her escape to America. He did the same for his parents, leading them on a harrowing and dangerous trek out of Iran. And he provided President Reagan key advice in securing the release of the American hostages, while serving as the newly-elected President’s interpreter in negotiations with an Iranian ambassador in Switzerland.
Based on actual events, Price of Freedom is one ordinary man’s amazing true story of courage, justice, and liberty –