The Iranian revolution, which deposed the Shah, the nation’s monarch and turned the country into a religious Republic, broke out when Navid Khonsari was a young boy. During the early peaceful protests, he would accompany his grandfather in the streets, but as the confrontations grew more and more violent, he found himself confined to his home. A martial law was declared, curfews were imposed and schools were shut down. In the matter of a few months, he saw hope for change transform into chaos and violence. “Though I didn’t have the maturity to understand the politics of it, I could appreciate the emotions behind it,” he recalls. Eventually his family fled to Canada.