1989 / 80 minutes

Directed by
Kim Longinotto
Country of production
United Kingdom

This film is set in the Family Law Courts in central Tehran. The three main characters are Jamileh who punishes her husband for beating her, Ziba, a 16 year old girl who is trying to get a divorce from her 38 year old husband, and Maryam who is fighting for the custody of her daughters. The film moves away from portraying Iran as a country of war, hostages and Fatwas. It concentrates instead on ordinary women who come to this court to try and transform their lives.

Language and subtitles
Persian with English Subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Middle and Near East
Marriage Gender Role and Identity Law and Legislation / Bureaucracy Family / Kinship