NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS

In Takhar Prison, Afghanistan, 40 women are locked behind bars together with their 34 children. They all share four cells. Through the prisoners’ own stories, the film explores how "moral crimes” are used to control women in Afghanistan. The film shows that women fleeing from their husbands get a longer punishment than those who have committed murder. Outside the home, burqas cover the women of Afghanistan from head to toe, masking their identity, making them faceless and voiceless in society, except when they are in prison. Sima was forced to get married at the age of ten and had five children by the time she was 20 years old. She is locked away, together with her children, for 15 years. Her crime consists of fleeing from an abusive husband, who had already murdered one of his other wives and their child. Sara, one of the main characters of the film, is locked away because she fell in love. Najibeh, Latife, and many more names – they all carry stories that show the inner strength and dignity of the human being when she faces obscene living conditions.


 

DARI-PERSIAN I AFGHANISTAN-SWEDEN I 2013 

DOCUMENTARY I 77 MIN I DIGITAL I COLOR

 

Director: Maryam Ebrahimi, Nima Sarvestani

 

Directors Biographies

Nima Sarvestani

Nima Sarvestani born in 1958, is a Swedish-Iranian filmmaker who started his career working as a journalist in Iran, before coming to Sweden 1984. Since then he has been working as a filmmaker, directing and producing documentaries. He founded NimaFilm Production in 1987. For the past 26 years, NimaFilm has been producing miscellaneous films in which unique global issues and personal life storys have been brought to audiences worldwide. He currently lives in Stockholm.

 

Maryam Ebrahimi

Maryam Ebrahimi was born in Tehran 1976. She lives and works in Sweden. She studied art, art theory, and art in the public realm. She has produced a number of videos with political and social themes, especially focusing on the Middle East and women's issues. I was worth 50 Sheep was her first documentary production.

 

Crew

Writer: Steven Seidenberg

Production Companies: DR Fjernsynsteatret (co-production)

Interkerkelijke Omroep Nederland (IKON) (co-production)

NHK (co-production)

Nima Film                             

Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) (co-production)

Sveriges Television (SVT) (co-production)