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Sunless Shadows

Rating: NR   Released: 2019  Length: 1hr 14min

Sunless Shadows

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Starts Aug 7, ($12, 3-day rental)
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Mehrdad Oskouei’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Starless Dreams (2016), Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera and address their accomplices or their victims.

With this new confessional approach combined with the ever-deepening relationships he has with his subjects, Oskouei presents a picture of the disenfranchised in an aggressively male-dominated society and of the prison that is their shelter from it.

Language: In Persian with English subtitles

“Quietly but pointedly interrogates the notion of victimhood, while tacitly letting a damning essay on Iranian gender politics and hierarchies emerge through the words of [its] subjects.”
– Guy Lodge Variety

“Outstanding… Presents an agonizing view of patriarchal power in public and private life, law and custom alike.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Humanist and sobering and enraging, Sunless Shadows is a vital portrait of young women in a society that has no room for them as people.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“It’s a tough subject, but Oskouei approaches it with care, capturing the girls through quiet observation and then giving them a more overt voice in moments when they are alone and in charge of a camera.”
– Amber Wilkinson, Screen Daily

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