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Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017)

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A haunting portrait of stolen childhood, Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of seven young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and correction center on the outskirts of Tehran. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond and reveal with disarming and often playful honesty the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. One girl killed her father; another robbed a bank; still another was arrested for carrying 651 grams of cocaine. But the girls' sisterly bond brings them to sing and dance with hope and allows them to share their tears. Outside the prison walls, danger is everywhere, even within their own families. Oskouei, one of Iran's most prominent directors, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. With incredible empathy, Starless Dreams delivers an unforgettable cinematic portrayal of restored innocence and humanity.

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"Starless Dreams" is a heartbreaking and humanistic look at broken lives and lost hope.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The movie is striking for its glimpses of violent offenders from squalid homes lapsing into the silliness and vulnerability of childhood.

February 16, 2017 | Full Review…

If "Starless Dreams" inspires conflicted feelings in viewers, it may be by design. It's hard not to want to flee, and it's hard to look away.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions.

January 18, 2017 | Full Review…

With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before.

January 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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Mehrdad Oskouei's reputation as one of Iran's finest documentary filmmakers grows film by film.

January 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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