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Women's Prison (2002)

Zendan-e zanan (original title)
Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young ... See full summary »

Director:

Manijeh Hekmat

Writers:

Manijeh Hekmat (story), Farid Mostafavi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Roya Nonahali ... Mitra
Roya Taymourian ... Warden
Pegah Ahangarani ... Sepideh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Golab Adineh
Maryam Boubani Maryam Boubani
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Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young midwife, Mitra, who is serving her sentence for killing her mother's abusive husband. In the early years, Mitra is repeatedly punished as the warden tries to break her. This includes punishment for delivering a baby in the prison cell while all of the prison staff has taken shelter during an Iraqi bombing. The warden's attitude starts to change after 8 years, when Mitra tries to protect a new inmate from rape at the hands of her older cellmates. When the baby comes back in 1991 as a 17 year old delinquent, Sepideh, the warden respects Mitra enough to protect the girl. Written by Maple-2

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Director Manijeh Hekmat spent over two years visiting jails and talking to inmates before having more than 40 different meetings, over three months, with authorities to gain access to an actual jail in which to film. To complicate matters further she was disallowed the required director's permit from the Iranian Society of Film Directors, eventually using her husband's name to obtain the permit. See more »

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plight of middle east women
7 October 2016 | by manu_m-96076See all my reviews

i have been watching iranian movies these days a lot .saw so many and this one is also very touching . i have always been interested in what women has been suffering in the middle east . this leads me watch this movie . the story is about the prisoner mitra who has been prisoned for murder of her mother's abuser her struggle in the prison and how she helps other women prisoners . spending almost 20 years in prison she has no enthusiasm in getting released because no one outside is there for her and the world has changed a lot during that time . taking into consideration the women rights in middle east one feels very sad . a must watch film if u want to realize the plight of female prisoners in Iran ,how a woman is treated by law if she has committed a crime even for her own safety or self defence .


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

7 August 2002 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Bamdad Film, Omid Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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