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Women's Prison

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- Angel On The Right
- Khorma
- Mango Yellow
- Margarette's Feast
- Nothing More
- Rachida
- Shadow Kill
- Ticket To Jerusalem
- Women's Prison
- Wretched Lives

 
 

Women's PRison a film by Manijeh Hekmat

Iran, 2002 (106 minutes)

Synopsis

This taboo-breaking film is based on Manijeh Hekmat's long fieldwork among women prisoners in Iran. She depicts the lives of Iran's lost generation in the two decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the claustrophobic life of women behind bars as a metaphor for the entire society. Her protagonist, Mitra, is in prison for killing her violent stepfather. On the eve of a prison riot she confronts Tahereh, the new warden, whose dogmatic views she challenges fearlessly. Over the course of the next 20 years, Tahereh's attitude toward her prisoners changes and softens, which reflects the country's shifting political stance. Eventually, Mitra, aged and exhausted, is finally released, but Tahereh left behind, is now more like a prisoner herself.

— Katayoun Beglari-Scarlet

About the Director

Born in 1962 in Arak, Iran, Manijeh Hekmat is a prolific figure in Iranian cinema. She was initially involved in the film industry as a script girl, and then as an assistant director for 11 feature films. In the last decade, she has produced five notable feature films including the award winning, The Girl in the Sneakers, and, Bunch of Grass, a German production in Iranian Kurdistan. Women’s Prison is Ms. Hekmat’s feature film directorial debut. It is based on her long studies and fieldwork with Iranian, female prisoners.

Principal Cast

Roya Nonahali
Roya Taymourian
Pegah Ahangarani
Golab Adineh
Maryam Boobani

Crew
Director
Script
Photography
Editor
Art Director
Sound
Make Up
Production Associate
Production Manager
Producers
Production Companies

 

Mitra
The Warden
Pegah, Sahar, Sepideh
Mitra’s mother
Mrs Javadi


Manijeh Hekmat
Farid Mostafavi (based on work by Manijeh Hekmat)
Dariush Ayyari
Mostafa Kherghe Poosh
Jamshid Ahangarani
Mahmous Samakbashi
Mehri Shirazi
Shirin Dibadj
Hamid-Reza Kaka
Manijeh Hekmat & Sirous Taslimi
Bamdad Film & Omid Film

 
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