• WINNER: 2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Amnesty International Film Prize
• WINNER: 2016 London Film Festival: Grieson Award – Documentary
• WINNER: 2016 True/False Film Fest: True Vision Award
The Village Voice
A FILM BY MEHRDAD OSKOUEI
The Cinema Guild presents “Starless Dreams,” the stunning & profoundly moving documentary exploring the lives and souls of Iranian teenage girls consigned to a Tehran Correctional and Rehabilitation Center, which opens: Friday, January 20, 2017 at
The Museum of the Moving Image in New York
“A heartbreaking work.” —
–The New York Times
(January 10, 2017) – The Cinema Guild proudly presents “Starless Dreams,” director Mehrdad Oskouei’s outstanding, extraordinarily empathic documentary will open: Friday, January 20, 2017 in New York at The Museum of Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens, NY 11106) in its New York theatrical premiere. A haunting portrait of stolen childhood, “Starless Dreams” plunges us into the lives of seven young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and correction center on the outskirts of Tehran. “Starless Dreams” is the third and final film in Oskouei’s Iranian trilogy, following the acclaimed “It’s Always Late for Freedom” (2008) and “The Last Days of Winter” (2012).
As the New Year approaches, the girls bond and reveal with disarming and often playful honesty the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. They have killed their father, robbed a bank, or were arrested for carrying 651 grams of cocaine. Outside the prison walls, danger is everywhere, even within their own families.
Director Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran’s most prominent filmmakers, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. With startling access and “the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian Cinema (Variety) “Starless Dreams” delivers an unforgettable cinematic portrayal of restored innocence and humanity
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RUNNING TIME: 76 Minutes RATING: Not Rated by the MPAA