Friday 17 March - 18h30


Film by Ayat Najafi (Iran, 2014, 95') / Original version with French subtitles


With Sara Najafi, Imed Alibi, Emel Mathlouthi, Jeanne Chehral and Elise Caron

According to the Iranian mullahs, the female voice is a source of sin because it has the potential to awaken desire in men. Since the Islamic revolution in 1979 women have been forbidden to sing solo in public, unless they are performing for an exclusively female audience. In spite of this the young composer Sara Najafi, an engaged feminist and the sister of the director, plans to organise a concert where Iranian and foreign women ­ would sing in front of a mixed public. Driven by her determination to liberate Iranian women from their cultural prison, Sara doesn’t hesitate to face censure and red tape.

Public Award for Best Documentary at the Montreal World Film Festival
Youth Jury Award at DOK Leipzig
Award for Best Documentary at the Gijón International Film Festival
Audience Award at the Middle East Now Festival
Best Documentary Director Award at the NOOR Iranian Film Festival

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