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When killing is the only solution

Sunless Shadows
Regissør: Mehrdad Oskouei
( Iran, Norge)

ABUSE: In an Iranian youth institution, a group of teenage girls are zoning. They have all killed a father, a brother or a spouse.

It's time for meditation in the Rehabilitation Center and the Young Women Youth Institute in Iran: The instructor guides the inmates sitting with their hands raised, through a breathing exercise in which to breathe calmly and expel the negative thoughts at the same time. "Keep your eyes closed and gather all the difficult feelings you have and imagine them as a black ball," says the instructor.

The extent of trauma gathered in the black sphere is difficult to imagine for outsiders. Most of the young women here are serving a sentence for killing a male family member or for helping relatives with a murder. Some of them have their mother in prison, where the death penalty awaits.

They had no choice

Sunless Shadows is a low-key, observational documentary by the Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei, where we get an ever stronger feeling that these young women can not be condemned for their desperate actions. Rather, they are symptomatic of a society that does not have it. . .

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