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Starless Dreams (2016)

Royahaye dame sobh (original title)
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Teenage girls consigned to the Iranian "Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre" discuss their troubled lives and reveal what brought them there.


Mehrdad Oskouei


Mehrdad Oskouei
12 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Murder and theft, drug dealing and addiction: young lives marked by traumatic stories lead to this Iranian "Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre" for girls. Some of the girls feel more at home in prison than they did with their families. A rare documentary glimpse inside a locked-up world and a respectful portrait of young women struggling to recapture some sense of personal dignity. Written by Berlinale 2016

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act as the voice of voiceless
6 August 2020 | by Goras89See all my reviews

Film takes us to juvenile correctional facility for girls under the age of 18, on the outskirts of Tehran. Throughout the interview's we get to know the girls and why they are here. Charges of robbery, car thieft, drug abuse and even murder. The storys they tell is shocking. Their domestic situation with their families are horrible, sexual abuse and rape, physical violence, neglect and probably manipulation into doing the crime itself. They not affraid to discus issues in their country like equal treatment for women. Deebating about their religion and suggesting "What if god was a woman". Here, they take their meals, play games, singing and praying, console one another. In some ways, prison has actually become a shelter and they dont look for the day they have to leave back to their families.

For Mehrdad Oskouei It took seven years dealing with authorities, petitioned them before they let him make this film and allowed him for 20 days into this facility. Considering country we are talking about, directors and their work are just inspiring. In 2010 Oskouei received the Dutch Prince Claus Award for his achievements. Starless Dreams won several awards from different festivals.

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Release Date:

20 September 2017 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Iran See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$707, 22 January 2017

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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