At one time Israel and Iran had a mutually prosperous political and economic relationship. Israelis living in Tehran enjoyed great privilege and wealth. Such was the much coveted “friendship of the Middle East”—Iran supplied oil while Israel helped with infrastructure and weapons. It seemed idyllic; but a storm was brewing, the warnings of which were largely ignored. In 1979 that storm erupted. The Islamic Revolution shook the Shah’s regime. Suddenly, the Israelis in Tehran were the enemies of the people and existed in fear for their very lives. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION highlights what “Argo” didn’t show you: the real story of the cultural tidal wave that hit Iran and the men, women, and children who were caught in its path.