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Film Screening: Glass House [Iran]

Bilingual Lecture Series

Sunday, June 05, 2011
5:00 PM
147 Dodd Hall
UCLA

The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by enrolling at the program at the Omid Center in Tehran, a unique organization established in 2004. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, Produced by Melissa Hibbard.


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Johanna Romero
310-825-1455
www.international.ucla.edu
romero@international.ucla.edu
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