Event: Iranian Women’s Films and Writings, Amnesty Human Rights Centre London

11Jun09

All events are free but require booking as they are often over subscribed.

The Stoning of Soraya M
Based on a true story, the film opens with a woman describing the stoning to death of her niece Soraya to a French journalist who has been stranded in a remote Iranian village.

When Soraya refuses to grant her husband a divorce, he involves local community leaders and a town all too easily led down a path of deceit, coercion, and hysteria in his quest to rid himself of his unwanted wife. The women, stripped of all rights and without recourse, confront the men in power who use and abuse their authority to condemn Soyaya, an innocent but inconvenient wife, to an unjust and torturous death.

A shocking expose of the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the lack of human rights still experienced by women in Iran. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Date: Wed 24 June 2009
Time: 6.30pm
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Offside
Women aren’t allowed in Iranian football stadiums. Inspired by his daughter, Panahi’s comedy follows a girl who dresses as a boy to watch the Iran-Bahrain World Cup qualifier. Arrested, she joins the other women who have been caught doing the same.

Forbidden release in Iran, the film won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin film festival.

Date: Wed 8 July 2009
Time: 6.30pm
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The Day I Became a Woman (cert PG)
Women at three stages of their lives in Iran – a girl on her 9th birthday no longer plays with the boy who had been her friend; a young woman who enters a bicycle race against the wishes of her husband; an old woman who comes into money.

Date: Wed 22 July 2009
Time: 6.30pm
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Shappi Khorsandi: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English’
In 1976, three-year-old Shappi Khorsandi, her brother Peyvand and their parents left Tehran for London. Without a word of English between them, they found themselves thrust into an incomprehensible culture – all cold weather, strange food and odd customs.

If adapting to Britain wasn’t enough, it soon became clear that due to her journalist father’s criticism of the new Iranian regime, the Ayatollah’s henchmen were in pursuit.

Well known to British audiences for her warm and witty stand up, Shappi Khorsandi has now written a book about her experience of growing up in England.

She will be talking about her new book and reading extracts. The event will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.

Although tickets are free, booking is essential.

Date: Wed 1 July 2009
Time: 7pm
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