OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION - Netherlands Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin | BEST PRODUCER - L.A. Independent Women Film Awards | BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Fierce Women Festival of Paris | BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Sydney Women’s International Film FestivalIranian Women’s Rights & Fight for Freedom • Censorship • Gender Apartheid • Freedom of Expression • Exile
Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 86 minutes | Language: Persian with English subtitles | Captions: No | Includes: Transcript | Director: Mostafa Heravi | Producer: Rieneke Van Santen
Six women, who bravely defied the written and unwritten boundaries to freedom of expression in Iran, face the consequences of not conforming to censorship. An artist, schoolteacher, journalist, athlete, musician and actress experienced lay-offs, harassment and arrests. They are forced to either obey, or live a life in exile. Through their stories, this creative documentary questions what kind of sacrifices are required of Iranian women and what censorship, such as the wearing of the mandatory hijab, means for their identity, individuality and dreams. SĀNSŪR is the story of women seeking freedom, and as they leave behind repression, harassment, arrests and discrimination for the mere fact of being a woman, they slowly find little openings again to laugh, to sing, and to dance.