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The Other Side of the Burka (2004)

The Other Side of the Burka DVD

Set in a tight-knit, extremely conservative island community off the Southern coast of Iran where all women wear burkas, this film begins as an investigation into the suicide of a woman named Samireh. Her husband callously says that while he cares about the lives of his kids, women’s lives are cheap. However, the women Oskouei interviews – many of whom were married off at age 12 or 13 – stand up for themselves and discuss their difficult existences.

Oskouei relies mostly on close-up or medium-shot interviews, and as usual, displays his gift for framing people dynamically in tight spaces.

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