In an Iranian juvenile detention center, a group of adolescent girls are serving time for having murdered their father, husband or another male family member. Filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei managed to build up a remarkable relationship with these inmates and gradually find about the consequences and sometimes the reasons for their terrible act. Mehrdad occasionally leaves them alone with the camera, allowing it to become a means for them to address both their victims and their accomplices. Three of the girls had killed their fathers with the help of their mothers and now the mothers await execution elsewhere. It gradually becomes apparent, however, that apart from being a prison, this closed, all-female environment is also a shelter from an aggressively male-dominated society.
Born in 1969 in Tehran, Mehrdad Oskouei is an Iranian filmmaker, producer, photographer and researcher and a graduate in film direction from the University of Arts. His films have been screened at numerous festivals both at home and abroad to great critical acclaim, making him one of the major Iranian documentary makers. In 2010 Oskouei received the Dutch Prince Claus Award for his achievements. He is a founding member of the Institute of Anthropology and Culture and has sat on several international film festival juries as well as being a cultural ambassador for the United Nation's humanitarian committee UCHA. He also teaches at film schools around Iran and is active in the Tehran Arts and Culture Association. Some of his outstanding and highly acclaimed documentaries are SUNLESS SHADOWS (2019), STARLESS DREAMS (2016), THE LAST DAYS OF WINTER (2011), IT’S ALWAYS LATE FOR FREEDOM (2007), NOSE, IRANIAN STYLE (2005), THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA (2004), MY MOTHER’S HOME, LAGOON(2000).
Feature Films: 2020- SUNLESS SHADOWS
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