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  • A drama set in Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose marriage had a tragic ending.

    - Written by Anonymous
  • After the fall of the last Shah and the end of monarchy, Iran is on the brink of a new era, since a wave of improvement paired with radical changes, sweeps the nation. Documenting the process of transformation, Freidoune Sahebjam, a journalist who lives in France, is rushing himself to get to the borders by nightfall, when suddenly, his car breaks down near a small village. In the middle of bargaining with Hashem, the local mechanic, a woman covered in a black chador, approaches the journalist with extreme caution and in a low voice, desperately asks for a meeting with him in the privacy of her house. The distressed woman is Zahra, the open-minded aunt of Soraya, who wants to disclose the tragic events that led to the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece, on the night before. Reluctant but intrigued, Freidoune equipped with his tape recorder, visits Zahra and lets her unfold the unspeakable story of Soraya, who was married to Ali, a former military man, mother of four and wrongfully accused of adultery in a land where women don't matter. Between gossip and plotting, false accusations and the machinations of a whole village, Ali, with the support of the Mayor and the Mullah, finally muscled a unanimous verdict against a woman who in the eyes of her family, defiled Islam and the entire village. Will yesterday's tragic events, ever see the light of day?

    - Written by Nick Riganas
  • A distressed woman, desperately asks for a meeting with a journalist, to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece.

    - Written by Nick Riganas

Synopsis

Stranded in the remote Iranian village of Kuhpayeh by car trouble, a journalist (Freidoune Sahebjam) is approached by Zahra...

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