Image courtesy of the artist

Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison)

Date: 1965

Materials: 35mm film transferred to digital format; black-and-white, sound

Length: 11 min.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist. Presentation supported by The George Foundation

Showtimes: Daily at 10:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Commissioned under the Ministry of Culture by the Women’s Organization of Iran, this film addresses the lives of female prisoners and their families’ struggle to survive, juxtaposing these hardships with an optimistic presentation of rehabilitation and education initiatives. Shot in a cinema verité or “constructed” documentary style, Women’s Prison includes interviews with prisoners, social workers, and teachers, and suggests that society at large must take responsibility for the problems that have driven these women to crime. This early film was Shirdel’s least controversial, and his only commission never banned in Iran. 


Co-curator Tina Kukielski on Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison)

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