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.
Director Kim Longinotto joined us online for a Q&A on Friday 24th April.
You can watch Divorce Iranian Style on IDFA's online library here.
You can also watch Runaway, also mentioned in this Q&A on the same library, here.