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Mehrdad Oskouei, Starless Dreams, 2016

BFI London Film Festival: Starless Dreams

13 Oct 2016

BFI Film Festival: 245 features. 74 countries. 15 cinemas. 12 days. One Festival.

It took seven years for veteran documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei to get permission to make a film in a rehabilitation centre for juvenile delinquent women in Iran. The result is a thoughtful and complex portrait of young women at the extreme margins of Iranian society. Whilst their crimesfrom pick pocketing to drug dealing and manslaughterpaint a bleak picture, it is the crimes of society against them that come into sharper focus as we begin to understand their backgrounds. Oskouei doesn’t shy away from being reflexive in his role as filmmaker, as he invites us to share in the young women’s hopes and dreams as they contemplate life outside the centre.

Among its numerous accolades, the film won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale and Oskouei was honoured with a True Vision Award at True/False Film Festival earlier this year.

(Notes by Elhum Shakerifar)

Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh), dir. Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran 2016, 76 mins, cert. 15.

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