Sunless Shadows / DocPoint 2020

Sat 1. February 2020 at 20:00 - 21:15

Cinema Artis, hall 1 · Estonia pst 9

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A special subject matter accompanied by intriguing characters are sometimes all that a film needs. But when the execution is done skilfully and beautifully as well, the results are something quite exceptional. Such is the case with Mehrdad Ouskoei’s documentary Sunless Shadows.

A group of cheerful young women are out in a yard playing hopscotch to the sound of birds singing. Inside, they’re playing with a small infant and enjoying board games. Then suddenly they are sitting sombrely amongst rows of bunk beds, in solitude. There is a wall outside on the yard which separates the girls from the outside world.

The girls are convicted of being complicit to murdering their fathers, husbands or brother-in-laws. They are from homes where fathers beat up their families and some have been forced into abusive marriages at a young age. Almost everyone has a mother locked up in a different penitentiary, convicted of the same crime.

Oskouei tells the terrifying tales of these women in a tactful and lively way without dodging any hard questions. The film respects the voices of the girls and mothers, creating an atmosphere of trust, so that the women may candidly reveal to the camera their personalities, grieves and hopes – even the reasons, which make a person kill someone close to them.

Jaana Semeri (Translation: Aki Pitkäkoski)

Language: Persian
Subtitles: English

Name in Original Language: Sunless Shadows
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
Country: Iran, Norway
Year: 2019
Length: 75
Cinematography: Mehdi Azadi
Editing: Amir Adibparvar
Music: Afshin Azizi
Production: Oskouei Film Production

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