Kim LONGINOTTO, Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Kim Longinotto is a filmmaker who enjoys visiting organizations and communities as extraordinary as a bar where female-to-male transvestites serve customers (Shinjuku Boys), a girls’ school for training musical talents (Dream Girls), a family court that specializes in divorce cases only (Divorce Iranian Style), and a boarding home for female wrestlers (Gaea Girls). In Longinotto’s film, these social organizations are not just another group of oddities, but special spaces where the courage and strength of women challenging their demanding roles and social oppression are truly exemplified.
Produced in collaboration with Iranian Anthropologist, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Runaway is set in a shelter for the teenage women of Teheran. It is here that young female victims of physical and sexual abuse find shelter and solace. Among them are little Maryam, and Satareh, forced into prostitution by her father. Atena’s life too has been scarred by sexual abuse by her step-father and the failure of the marriage she was pushed into at the age of twelve. Through the sincere tales of these young girls, the film examines the changes taking place within Iran, where tradition and modernity collide. Now it is no longer possible to use physical and sexual abuse and blackmail to bind women to the cruel shackles of tradition and patriarchy. The counselors of the women’s shelter assist these abused girls to create a life for themselves. To achieve this, these counselors often urge the girls to delve into the core of their complex domestic problems. A wonderful piece on the courage, self-respect and mutual love of women who live through the complex dynamics of both society and family. (Nam In-young)
Kim LONGINOTTOKim LONGINOTTO
One of the foremost documentary filmmakers working today, Kim LONGINOTTO is renowned internationally for her compelling human portraits and her sensitive and compassionate treatment of unknown topics. Her films have won international acclaim, including the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary at Sundance Film Festival for Rough Aunties . Highlights include perhaps one of her best known works, Sisters in Law(2005), winner of a 2008 Peabody Award and two Cannes Awards; Pink Saris (2010) won Sepecial Jury Prize in Sheffield Doc Fest.
Ziba Mir-HosseiniZiba Mir-Hosseini
Ziba Mir-Hoseini is an Iranian anthropologist who lives in London. She works as a freelance researcher and consultant on gender and developmental issues. She has done extensive fieldwork in rural and urban Iran and in urban Morocco. Her first book, Marriage on Trial(I.B. Tauris, 1993) was the inspiration for Divorce Iranian Style. Her latest book Islam and Gender: the Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran was published by Princeton Univ. Press in 1999.