Filmmaker Nahid Persson (Prostitution Behind the Veil) was a Communist student radical supportive of the 1979 revolution that deposed the Shah of Iran, but she and her family subsequently fled the even more oppressive theocracy that replaced the monarchy. This exasperating 2008 doc chronicles her ambivalent courtship of the Shah’s exiled widow, Farah Palivi, who gamely assented to be the subject of her film. Because Persson is too intimidated ask her regal enemy tough questions, the film becomes a self-canceling meditation on the way weak journalists trade servility for access. In lieu of political red meat, Persson serves up self-absorbed whimpering about her inner conflict and loss of creative control over the project. 90 min.