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Eine iranische Frau mit Kopftuch steht in der Mitte des Bildes, andere Frauen bilden eine Spalier.
Copyright: Kino Asyl

The film, which is both well-known and controversial in Iran, shows the relationship between two very different women in an Iranian women’s prison – a tough as nails devout Muslim and a young midwife. Director Manijhe Hekmat portrays life in prison as a mirror of society with all its economic, social and political issues.

The film, which is both well-known and controversial in Iran, shows the relationship between two very different women in an Iranian women’s prison – a tough as nails devout Muslim and a young midwife. Director Manijhe Hekmat portrays life in prison as a mirror of society with all its economic, social and political issues.

“I chose this film because it shows some of the realities of prisons in my home country. It shows how my regime combines the social rules for women with the religious rules of Islam.  The film shows how tough and unfair life is for women in my home country.” (Mandana Behdad, curator at Kino Asyl)

 

Iran 2002, 106 minutes, original language with English subtitles. Directed by Manijhe Hekmat

 

Supporting film: “Qamar”

Afghanistan 2015, 17 minutes, original language with English subtitles. Directed by Nima Latifi.

Short film about a forced marriage in Afghanistan. Binazeer is forced by her father to marry an old man. The mother employs tricks of her own to try and save her daughter.