Takhar Prison. 40 women. 34 children. Four cells. No burqas. This documentary takes viewers inside one of the worlds most restricted environments: an Afghan womens prison. Through the prisoners own stories we explore how moral crimes are used to control women. Sima, married at ten, is locked away with her five children for 15 years. Her crime? Fleeing from an abusive husband, who already murdered one of his other wifes.
The award winning director Nima Sarvestani started his career as a journalist in Iran and has been concentrating on documentary filmmaking since moving to Sweden in 1984, focusing on social and political issues. Among the films he has directed are: Naked and Wind (2002), Dead Mans Guest (2003), Many Years Later (1999), The Evil Cycle (1998), Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale (2006), On the Border of Desperation(2008), I Was Wort 50 Sheep (2010).No Burqas Behind Bars is his latest work (2012). Today Sarvestani is working on his up coming film, expected to be released in 2014.