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STARLESS DREAMS, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, 2016, Iran, 76 min 

It turns out that George Floyd's murder and the killing of a young girl in Iran have a lot in common...

A stark testimonial of the previously unseen and unheard, this documentary takes place inside a correctional center on the outskirts of Tehran and reveals the systemic injustice towards women and young girls in the Islamic Republic. 

It took 7 years for Mehrdad Oskouei to get permission to make the film, but now he is facing a prison term himself for having done so. Were it not for his brilliant and compassionate interviews of these young girls -- all 18 years of age and younger -- the reality of their lives would be kept secret.

This program is made possible in part by support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller and the Pacific Power Foundations.

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    Mehrdad Oskouei