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  • year. 1998
  • country. IRAN, UK
  • run-time. 76min
  • rating. U

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

£8.50 - Double Ticket for A SEPARATION (6:15pm) and DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (8:35pm)

Doors 8:00pm - Film 8:35pm

A fly-on-the-wall look at the workings of an Iranian divorce court, this humorous, intimate, moving window into three Iranian women’s lives reveals the skills they employ to navigate marital law.

It follows Jamileh who is beaten by her husband, 16-year-old Ziba who is trying to divorce her 38-year-old husband, and Maryam, desperately fighting for custody of her daughters.

Showcasing the resilience, ingenuity and guile they use to confront a biased legal system and an obstructive administrative maze as well as their husbands and families, directors Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini (author of Marriage On Trial: A Study Of Islamic Family Law) turn their cameras on the court and let the story tell itself.

Challenging perceptions of Iranian women as passive victims, the film is a fascinating, subtle look at women’s lives and the country they live in, one that remains a mystery to many.

A fascinating insight into the state of urban marriage in Iran under Islamic law
— Time Out