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Support The Omid Foundations by purchasing the DVD of The Glass House documentary

Start the Persian New Year with a gift to the young women of Omid. Become part of THE GLASS HOUSE community by purchasing copies of the now released DVD for your friends and yourself. 20% of proceeds are donated to the Omid Foundations.

Buy the DVD now from Fictionville Studio

About the DVD

Content and specs of the DVD:

  • The Glass House movie with English, Arabic, French, German and Spanish subtitles.
  • Saman, A Short Story. A short piece about a transgendered woman taken in by Omid.
  • 40 minutes of deleted scenes.
  • 20-minute interview with Marjaneh Halati, the founder of the Omid Foundations.
  • Double-sided disc and optimized for standard DVD players.
  • Extras in Persian and/or English with English subtitles.
  • NTSC, Region 0 (playable all over the world).

The Glass House

The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by enrolling at the program at the Omid Center in Tehran, a unique organization established by Marjaneh Halati in 2004. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, Produced by Melissa Hibbard.


See Asieh Namdar's CNN reportage to learn more about The Glass House.

OSCE Human Rights Award
Special Jury Award - Zagrebdox
Best Feature Documentary - Dallas Video Fest

A Sundance Channel Original Documentary and produced in association with Impact Partners.

The Omid Foundations

The Omid Foundations (with registered charities in Iran, the US and the UK) were established in 2004 to strengthen the social, emotional, and economic competencies of disadvantaged young women in Iran (aged from 15 to 25), and provide them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education and training. Omid's clients have typically either been put into care from an early age, or run away from abusive homes, or live in extreme poverty. They often suffer from severe mental health and emotional difficulties, mostly stemming from their experiences of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and exposure to drugs and violence. Despite their past difficulties, and the obstacles still facing them, Omid's young clients have dreams. They yearn to participate in life, and to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. Omid's holistic approach provides these young clients with the opportunities to realize such dreams. They are offered the tools, structure and support to help them succeed. And, above all, they are offered the chance to be heard. The cornerstones of this approach are self-empowerment, education and training, supplemented by effective work placement and counselling. Omid now caters to the need of over 100 young women. Donations in the US and the UK are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Foundation is also allowed to remit donations by US persons to Iran per the terms of its OFAC license issued by the US Department of the Treasury.

Visit our website to learn more about the Omid Foundations and how you can get involved.
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THE GLASS HOUSE - Now available

Buy the DVD now from Fictionville Studio.
$29.95 (via paypal or personal check) plus postage.

20% of the proceeds will be donated by Fictionville Studio to the Omid Foundations.
That's a contribution of $6 per DVD!

Each DVD you purchase will thus make an important contribution to the success of our girls.

Give The Glass House as a gift to your friends. It is a unique gift that not only feels good to give but does good too. The more you buy, the more you save, the more you give.

3-Pack (Special Offer - 10% off regular price)
5-Pack (Special Offer - 15% off regular price)
10-Pack (Special Offer - 25% off regular price)


We are indebted to Fictionville Studio for having introduced the work of the Omid Foundations to a much larger audience through The Glass House.

Special thanks to the Razi Health Foundation for their generous contribution to the completion of the DVD.

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