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Sunless Shadows

Director(s)
Mehrdad Oskouei
Country
Iran
Norway
Year
2019
Duration
74 min
Language
Persian with English subtitles
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The follow-up to Oskouei’s critically acclaimed Starless Dreams (2016), Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera and address their accomplices or their victims. With this new confessional approach combined with the ever-deepening relationships he has with his subjects, Oskouei presents a picture of the disenfranchised in this aggressively male-dominated society and of the prison that is their shelter from it.

« [Sunless Shadows] interrogates the notion of victimhood, while tacitly letting a damning essay on Iranian gender politics and hierarchies emerge through the words of his subjects… It says everything that many of these long-mistreated young women finally find liberty in incarceration. » – Variety

Award for Best Directing – Amsterdam IDFA 2019
Official Selection – Göteborg Film Festival 2020

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Director(s)
Mehrdad Oskouei
Country
Iran
Norway
Year
2019
Duration
74 min
Language
Persian with English subtitles