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Glass House, The
Glass House, The


Hamid Rahmanian, Melissa Hibbard



Persian with English Subtitles
    Winner! Best Documentary Feature - Urban TV
Winner Jury Award - Zagrebdox
Winner! Best Feature Documentary - Dallas VideoFest

"Superb cinema verité style. It deftly portrays a spirit of hopefulness."
– Variety
"A dramatic feature [constructed] around the forbidden stories of an ensemble of outcasts should not be underestimated."
– Screen Daily

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 attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. 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.

DVD Features:

  • English, Arabic, French, German and Spanish subtitles of the movie
  • 40 minutes of deleted scenes
  • A 20-minute interview with Marjaneh Halati, the founder of Omid e Mehr
  • Saman, A Short Story, a short piece about a transgendered woman taken in by Omid e Mehr

  • This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

    Rental Information
    This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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