THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

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In Iran, men can legally abuse, coerce, humiliate, rule over and speak on behalf of women. A group of Iranian women’s rights activists risk their lives in order to draw attention to the systematic violence to which women are exposed in their country.

A group of women’s rights activists in Iran put their lives at risk in order to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence in their country. This author-driven documentary starts with the personal story of Mina, the director of the film. Mina unveils a family secret by telling the story of her grandmother, a woman she never met who died under mysterious circumstances. It wasn’t until Mina was 17 that she found out her grandmother had committed suicide. At the time of her death, she had eight children and was pregnant again. The narrative of Mina’s personal story, the women’s rights activists and other women who share their experiences shows how Iran’s patriarchal system instils fear in women in public spaces and in the home. With a poetic narration and in abstract shots, Mina describes what it’s like to be a woman in Iran. Women are like shadows; they are invisible, disregarded by their environment…

Feature Documentary / Human Interest
Film by Mina Keshavarz
Length 75’ HD
Co-Production TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion and MinDoc Film Productions with ZDF/ARTE, 2020