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Directed by Saeed Roustayi

Iran 115 mins. In Persian

Somayeh is at a loss. Her only desire is to leave her family and take her life into her own hands, but her sick mother needs her help. When her brother introduces her to an Afghan man who wants to marry her and take her to Afghanistan, it may be the only way to escape. But then, at the very last minute, she discovers the hidden face of the marriage proposal. “The idea for this film came to me when I met a pregnant woman ready to sell her baby to buy a few grams of drugs . . . I talked a lot with other addicts. The poignant stories irrigate the film and give it life.”—Saeed Malekan. Winner of the Best Film, Director, Screenplay, and First Film Awards at the Fajar Film Festival.

 

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