The Iranian documentary "It Is Always Late for Freedom" directed by Mehrdad Oskuii won the award for the best mid-length documentary (30-59 minutes) at the Canadian international documentary festival Hot Docs, Mehr News Agency reported from Tehran.
It Is Always Late for Freedom
The film was screened alongside "Tehran Has No More Pomegranates" (Masud Bakhshi), "The Red Card" (Mahnaz Afzali), "Where Do I Belong" (Mahvash Sheikholeslami) and "Cyanosis" (Rokhsareh Qaemmaqami) in the "Spotlight on Iran" section of this year's festival.
A total of 170 films from 36 countries were on the bill of the Hot Docs festival, which ends tomorrow.
It's Always Late for Freedom
Run time: 52 min. | Iran | Language: Persian (Farsi)
eye-opening and hopeful portrait of a Tehranian youth correctional centre,
filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei introduces us to a small group of teenage boys serving
sentences related to violence, theft and drugs. We follow three in particular,
each of whom demonstrates an unlikely blend of world-weary toughness,
street-smarts and a mature compassion. Their troubled circumstance suggests that
they have been surrendered by their families, and the country, to the growing
Iranian epidemics of addiction and poverty. In the face of adult abandonment,
though, the three discover the simple joys of childhood and friendship through a
"boys will be boys" routine of mischief, pranks and sports. In intimate
interviews they open up, sharing fierce hopes and tender frustrations for their
lives beyond the centre's walls; but Oskouei always delicately pulls back from
showing us too much of their families and outside lives. This is a heartbreaking
and heartwarming film of generations lost and childhood found.
-Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs
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