Divorce Iranian Style

Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini
| UK, Iran
| 1998
| 80 min

Divorce Iranian Style takes an almost anthropological look into the lives of Iranian women attending the country’s divorce courts. Gaining extraordinary access and with minimal commentary, the film observes as women discuss deeply personal circumstances at the court. Although the women, many of whom are desperate to leave their husbands, face heavily gender-biased laws, Longinotto chooses to focus more on the similarities, rather than on the differences that divide. In doing so, many myths about the country are exposed, as are preconceptions about feminism in Iran. The result is an intense and deeply intimate film that is equal parts distressing, funny, and uplifting.

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