Archival offers a powerhouse of intense scholarship, visual effects, and sound design in its upcoming original series featuring 12 episodes following the recent history of Iran. Ever since the ancient writing on the Cyrus cylinder and the epic poetry of the Persian Book of Kings, the history of Iran has been told with the symbolism of legend and religious exhortation to become one of the most mysterious countries in the modern world. Archival unpacks the complexities of the country with passionate storytelling and rigorous scholarship as audiences journey to Iran on The Third Path. First release spring 2017. 



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Ervand Abrahamian

Distinguished Professor,
Iranian and Middle Eastern history and politics, Baruch College

“You really need a documentary, really long documentary to get into the complexities of the country.”


Francesca Leoni

Curator of Islamic Art, 
The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

“Iran is a country that is extremely proud of its cultural heritage. It’s a history of great empires, of powerful and mighty kings.”

Roham Alvandi

Associate Professor of International History,
London School of Economics and Political Science

“More often then not, the discussion about Iran is so superficial, and lacks any kind of substance or context, so I wanted to join this project because it was an opportunity to take the time to really think about Iran, think about its history, think about its culture, and give people the context within which to understand what’s going on today.”

Robert Gleave

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies,
University of Exeter

“I think it’s important that a new and careful view of Iran is promoted internationally that Iran is a complex place.”

Najam Haider

Assistant Professor of Religion,
Barnard College, Columbia University

“It’s not about proxy wars. It’s not about sectarianism. So, instead of us reducing that to the lowest common denominator, we should embrace that complexity.”