Celebrated filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei shoots entirely inside a girls’ prison in Tehran, focusing on the day-to-day life of the girls inside. The film’s most striking aspect is the deep trust between filmmaker and subjects that allows the girls to open up to him. They clown around, sing songs about pining love, and occasionally break down crying at the unjustness of their circumstances. They are in the center for crimes ranging from theft to drug use to murder. As they tell “Uncle Mehrdad” their stories, they reveal a heartbreakingly rich portrait of adolescents who know how precarious their place in society already is.
Preceded by “Unprisoned: What Does ‘Adult’ Mean in the Eyes of the Law?” by Eve Abrams
Community Partner: Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
Screens Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
Dir. Mehrdad Oskouei; 2015, 76 min; Iran, Persian with English subtitles; DCP.