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Article 61



Iran, - Color - 73

DIRECTED BY:
Mahvash Sheikholeslami

SCREENPLAY:
Mahvash Sheikholeslami

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Nahid Siamdoust, Mohsen Nazari, Keivan Motamedi

EDITING:
Namdar Shirazian ,Mahvash Sheikholeslami

PRODUCER:
Mahvash Sheikholeslami&DEFC

WORLD SALES:
DEFC

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Article 61 is a film on those women in Iran who are sentenced to execution for having killed their aggressors while defending their honor or trying to free themselves. However, in the Islamic Penal Code, women, even if they are the victims of a crime , are always in danger of being executed by law : if a married woman is raped and confesses , it is considered adultery and the penalty is execution; most of the women who are raped but don't confess commit suicide; women who defend themselves by killing their aggressor are again condemned to execution. So, what must a woman do to defend herself?
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Mahvash Sheikholeslami Born in Iran and studied cinema at the London Film School. She has shot four documentaries and has been on active producer since 1975.Shetought cinema at University TV in Tehran and produced movies and TV serials of most famous Iranian filmmakers.Since 1996 she has been making her own films.Among them: Yufek (1999, Grand Prix Tampere international Film Festival. First Prize Arg-e jaded Documentary Film Festival.Best Director International Iranian Young Cinema Charsho 2000 Best Director Award at the International Iranian Cinema.,Pire Hara 2001:Grand Prix International Marine Kish Film Festival.Award of Excellence Yamagata International documentary Film Festival. Pershang, Dooz, Murderer& Murdered (Arte TV) and participated too many other Festivals.Article 61 ( 2005Locarno International film Festival Amsterdam Film Festival ( IDFA),Prague One World International Film Festival As a Jury,Tampere international film festival (2000International Fajr film festival (2000 International Iranian Young cinema (2002 Kish documentary film festival Naft (oil) International film festival in Abadan Cinemaye Iran film Festival. Jashnvareh Zanan 2005

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