Monday 4th December: Starless Dreams

Original Title: “Royahaye dame sobh”

Iran  –  Documentary  –  Year: 2016  –  Running time: 76 mins
Language: Persian

This documentary focuses on the lives of girls in a juvenile delinquency centre in Iran. Although they are being punished for a variety of ‘crimes’, most have drug addicts in their families, have been mentally and physically abused and are really only guilty of being born in the wrong place. There are moments of joy, however, for them to savour and they are unflinchingly direct and open in their responses to the director’s questions.

Starless Dreams is all the more important in that it gives voice to a sector of Iranian society which is so rarely heard from.
John Bleasdale (CineVue)

Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
The Last Days Of Winter(2012) / The Other Side Of The Burka (2004)
(for full information, see “Starless Dreams” in IMDB)

Selected UK reviews:

The Guardian (Alan Evans)
Little White Lies (Caroline Middleton)
Time Out (Tom Huddleston)

Official trailer: