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Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei

Iran 2016 76 mins. In Farsi

Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of teenage girls at a juvenile detention center on the of Tehran. The seemingly innocent young women reveal, with surprising candor, the circumstances behind their incarceration—from pick pocketing, drug dealing, and bank robbery to patricide. As these young women share their stories, hopes, and dreams, perhaps it is the crimes against them, and what they have to look forward to, that are the most moving. “Roger Ebert once called the movies ‘a machine that generates empathy,’ and Starless Dreams…is just such a machine. With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before.”—Variety. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Reviews: Village Voice (last review), Variety, Fandor Keyframe (last review), The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Interview with Mehrdad Oskouei at Hazlitt

Filmography: The Last Days of Winter (2012), It’s Always Late for Freedom (2008), The Other Side of Burka (2004)