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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Mehrdad Oskouei

IMAGE

Mehdi Azadi

SON

Parsa Karimi

MONTAGE

Amir Adibparvar

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Afshin Azizi

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Oskouei Films, Indie Film, NRK - Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

DreamLab Films

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Mehrdad Oskouei juxtapose des scènes de jeux et de rires avec des entretiens frontaux où les adolescentes s’adressent à la caméra comme si c’était leur mère ou leur victime –  en général leur père ou leur frère, tué après des années de violences. Au fil des entretiens, il devient clair qu’il s’agit d’un monde où les hommes commandent. Des plans montrent le reflet de gardes armés dans l’éclat d’une vitre : n’est-ce pas aussi une forme de protection contre le monde extérieur ?

In an Iranian juvenile detention center, a group of adolescent girls serve their sentence for the grave crime of murdering their father, their husband or another male family member. Filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei built a remarkable relationship with these inmates, whose frank conversations and playful interactions he observes, and who privately open up about the consequences of, and sometimes the reasons for, their action.
Occasionally he leaves them alone with the camera, allowing it to become a tool for them to address both their victims in the afterlife and their accomplices—three of the girls committed their father’s killing together with their mothers, who are now on death row.
Contrasting with the much gloomier situation of these mothers, the atmosphere in the girls’ living quarters—a shared cell with a teenage bedroom feel, a classroom and a green courtyard where a bunch of ducklings scuttle about—seems almost carefree. It gradually starts to dawn on us that apart from being a prison, this closed, all-female environment is also a shelter from an aggressively male-dominated society.

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