Presented by Brian Hill as part of the 10 week series FILMMAKERS’ FAVOURITES
Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto takes her camera inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression. Working with Iranian co-director Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Longinotto follows three cases: Jamileh is mistreated by her husband, Maryam is fighting for the custody of her children, and 16-year-old Ziba wants to divorce her 38-year-old spouse. Astute and beautifully observed, the film reveals the ingenuity and humour with which these Iranian women negotiate the restrictions of their society.
Brian Hill is one of the most radical and respected directors in the UK. Hill has consistently pushed the bar for documentary by finding inventive ways to make films that challenge audiences. His credits include Saturday Night (1996), Feltham Sings (2002) and Songbirds (2007). His latest documentary The Confessions of Thomas Quick was released earlier this year.
Across 10 Thursday afternoons, celebrated doc-makers from Sophie Fiennes to Penny Woolcock to Kevin Macdonald will give a personal introduction to one of the films they chose for the Sight & Sound Greatest Documentaries of all Time poll.
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