Misfortune comes in many forms in the juvenile correctional facility for girls in Tehran. All inmates are under the age of 18 and charged with prostitution, robbery, drug dealing, violence or manslaughter. The new year is approaching, but for most of them the prospect of getting out is not uplifting – if the alternative is to return to their dysfunctional homes and the circumstances that got them locked up in the first place, this small community behind closed doors is a far better option. STARLESS DREAMS is a beautiful and poetic documentary about hope and endurance.
Mehrdad Oskouei (Iran, 1969) THE LAST DAYS OF WINTER (2011), IT'S ALWAYS LATE FOR FREEDOM (2007), NOSE, IRANIAN STYLE (2005), THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA (2004)