Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

  • Directed by Berit Madsen
  • Denmark/Iran/Germany/Norway, 2013, 90 mins.

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream—of a future as an astronaut. At night, she stares up at the universe. At home, full of hope and longing, she watches recordings of the first female Iranian in space, Anousheh Ansari. But not everyone appreciates her boundless ambition—becoming an astronaut is not exactly a normal goal for a girl in Iran. Her families worry. She doesn’t want to learn to cook, hardly ever visits her family, and doesn’t seem to be thinking about marriage at all. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her.

Genres: Documentary