My name is Mina Rastgoo. And this is my real name. You've asked me to tell you why this court should grant my appeal. But I can't tell you that. You must figure that out for yourself. I can only tell you who I am.

I am the Revolution, the seed and the tree, and my imagination is its fertile soil. I revolt against the injustices and my memory is full of stories to tell. Stories to hear.

I remember my mother at eighteen, the World War, no bread anywhere along the Bridge to Victory.