2001 / 87 minutes

Directed by
Kim Longinotto Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Country of production
United Kingdom

This film is set in a refuge for girls in Tehran and follows the stories of five girls who come here. These girls, in leaving a situation that has become intolerable, show incredible courage and resourcefulness. The film explores their experience of male authority, their longing for respect and freedom, and their hopes for a brighter future. The centre is run by the dynamic and charismatic Mrs Shirazi, who protects the girls from their families and helps them to renegotiate their relationships. The film shows how Iranian women are learning to challenge the old rules, and how rapidly their country is changing.

Language and subtitles
Original Language with English Subtitles
Middle and Near East
Children / Young people Social Change Gender Role and Identity