RIFF Movies Archive

1hour - 99 years



Netherlands, 2008, dv - Color - 51'35

DIRECTED BY:
Negin Kianfar & Daisy Mohr

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Mahmoud Hamedi

EDITING:
Ewoud Hendriksen

PRODUCER:
Column Film

STORY DESCRIPTION:

For most young Iranians, Tehran is a frustrating place to live. The press is censored, boys and girls are often separated and everything that has to do with sex is taboo.With sixty percent of the population under the age of thirty, authorities are getting more aware of the problems young people face. Sighe, a temporary marriage for between 1 hour and 99 years, could be a way to release some of the frustrations and give young people some room in this country where extra-marital sex remains out of the question. The issue has triggered heated debates, as many see it as legalized prostitution.1 hour – 99 years gives an intriguing insight into the lives of people in this young, frustrated and confused society and the way old religious practices like Sighe are being used in an attempt to solve contemporary problems.
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