Report source: Radio Zamaneh
Women in Shroud, a documentary co-produced by Farid Haerinehad and Mohammadreza Kazemi, was nominated for the Cinema For Peace award, an annual initiative that promotes humanity through film. This is the first Iranian film ever nominated for this prize.
Women in Shroud documents the struggles of Iranian women's rights activists fighting against discriminatory laws and their indefatigable efforts to rescue women sentenced to stoning. The 73-minute documentary challenges the discriminatory laws of Iran's judicial system.
Synopsis: Women in Shroud (Zanan dar kafan)
The Iranian justice system creates many female victims. A lawyer named Shadi Sadr is primarily occupied with making the case for the abolition of executions by stoning. We hear the stories of various women for whom Sadr is acting. Leila, for example, has been convicted of having sex with family members after she was raped by her brothers. Together with other women in the organization Stop Stoning Forever (SSF), Sadr is attempting to put an end to stoning. But how does one stop something that does not officially exist? In 2004, execution by stoning was abolished, but the death certificates that record "death caused by a hard object" betray its continuing practice. This is why women are trying to generate attention for this horrific form of execution. During an officially sanctioned and peaceful demonstration, Sadr is arrested together with many other women. Anticipating the possible punishment of 74 whiplashes and a prison sentence of many years, she proves herself to be stronger than ever. Archive footage of the riots following the 2009 elections in Iran is used to demonstrate the fighting spirit of a desperate but resolute people.
Women in Shroud was previously screened at the Canadian Senate on International Human Rights Day as well as the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.
Cinema for Peace takes place on the sidelines of the Berlin International Film Festival to honour social and humanitarian achievements in the world of cinema. Its ninth annual events take place today, Monday February 15, at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
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