Sunless Shadows (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 14m

Mehrdad Oskouei’s (The Last Days of Winter, Starless Dreams) masterful observational documentary Sunless Shadows depicts life inside a Tehran juvenile detention centre, where a group of teenage girls serve sentences for the murder of abusive male family members. With remarkable candour, these girls share details of the harrowing and often violent circumstances that precipitated their crimes and reflect upon the grave consequences for the lives still to follow. Despite the severity of their situation, Oskouei finds traces of hope in the young inmates for whom incarceration offers a sanctuary from an even more oppressive world outside.

Please be advised this film contains references to suicide, self-harm, violence and domestic abuse which some viewers may find distressing.

Read a commissioned piece about the film by Hossein Eidizadeh here.

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Please note, this film is only available to view in the UK


Mehrdad Oskouei



Bonus Content

28 mins
Sunless Shadows Director Q&A

Q&A with director Mehrdad Oskouei and producer Siavash Jamali. Hosted by Aisha Jamal.

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