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Starless Dreams - The Stories of Young Incarcerated Women in Iran
A stark testimonial of the previously unseen and unheard, this documentary plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and correction center on the outskirts of Tehran. STARLESS DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic…
Sonita - An Afghan Feminist Rapper
Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the…
Monir - The Life and Work of Artist Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian
This documentary looks at the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who first garnered attention in the 1970's when she pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works. Monir created an artistic language that was informed by traditional…
This Is Not A Film
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran…
Sepideh - An Iranian Teenager's Dream to Become an Astronaut
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations to a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's…
Divorce Iranian Style - Inside an Iranian Divorce Court
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women's lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old…
They Call Me Muslim - Muslim Women and the Decision to Wear a Hijab
In popular Western imagination, a Muslim woman in a veil - or hijab - is a symbol of Islamic oppression. But what does it mean for women's freedom when a democratic country forbids the wearing of the veil? In this…
Forbidden Voices - How to Start a Revolution with a Laptop
Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sanchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women represent a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their…
The Raid - Iranian-Australians Charged with Terrorism
In April 1992, Iranian exiles staged simultaneous demonstrations at Iran's diplomatic missions in Europe, North America and Australia. The Australian raid was filmed and screened on the SBS television news. Sensational footage confirmed the worst fears of those Australians anxious…
Pacific Solution: From Afghanistan to Aotearoa
This documentary looks at the daily lives of a number of Afghan boys from the MV Tampa, now living in Mangere, Auckland. Shot in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Nauru and New Zealand, it traces the circumstances that led to their arrival…
Twice Orphaned - Holocaust Survivors' Last Battle
Avraham, Ziggy, Schreiber, and Robinson form the uncrowned governing council of the "Teheran Children". The four represent 217 Holocaust orphans who are now bringing legal action against the State of Israel for monies received from Germany for their rehabilitation. In…