Starless Dreams, Mehrdad Oskouei (2016)
"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"
– Scott Tobias, Berlin Review, Variety
Starless Dreams chronicles the lives of teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran's most prominent directors, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. Starless Dreams is shot with startling frankness and simplicity, doubling as social documentary and an intimate portrayal of innocence lost and found.
Starless Dreams premiered at Berlin, and will receive its US theatrical release January 20th at Museum of the Moving Image. On January 21, the Museum will also screen It's Always Late for Freedom
and The Last Days of Winter, the first two installments of Oskouei's film trilogy exploring the lives of incarcerated youth. Through January 28th.