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.
About the DVD
Content and specs of the DVD:
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.
THE GLASS HOUSE - Now available
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.
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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