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Astudent activist in Iran’s 1979 revolution that
overthrewthedictatorial Shah, NahidPersson
Sarvestani fled toSwedenwithher baby after
Islamists seizedpower andbeganpersecuting
leftistswhohadbeen their revolutionary
allies.Threedecades later, events in Iran inspire
Nahid to revisit that part of her life. Prompted
bybrutal crackdowns onanti-government
protests in2009 and long-suppressedguilt for
abandoninga younger brother to imprisonment
anddeath, the internationally acclaimed
filmmaker locates and reuniteswithfive female
activistswho survived torture and terror in the
Islamist regime’s jails. Now living inexile,
thewomen sharegrippingaccounts of howtheir
jailers tried tobreak themphysically and
spiritually, anddescribewhat sustained them
during thesehorribleordeals.With the support of
these stalwart survivors, Sarvestani finds
answers tohauntingquestions about her
brother’s last days. Shifting skillfullybetween
past andpresent, this deeplypersonal
documentary is anessential resource for
understanding Iran today.
Int’l FilmFestival Rotterdam, AudienceChoiceAward
Noor IranianFilmFestival, BestDocumentaryDirector
TempoDocFestival Stockholm, DocumentaryAward
LosAngelesFilmFestival
Vancouver Int’l FilmFestival
AbuDhabi FilmFestival
ThessalonikiDocFestival
DokLeipzig
Int’l FilmFestivalGothenburg
WarsawFilmFestival
It’sAll TrueFilmFestival
Beijing Independent FilmFestival
NordiskPanorama
Jeonju Int’l FilmFestival
Festival dei Popoli
MyStolenRevolution
AfilmbyNahidPerssonSarvestani
“Adeeplymoving, intensely
personalnarrativethat
unfoldsas [Sarvestani]
reuniteswithan
astonishinglyopenand
eloquentgroupofwomen.”
TheExaminer
“Heartbreakingcontent
triumphs inthehighly
emotionalandpersonal
documentaryMYSTOLEN
REVOLUTION.”
Variety
“Theamazingcourage
thesewomenexhibit today
intheir remembrancesare
testaments tothestrength
of thehumanspirit. Italso
servesasareminder tothe
similaritiesof thepolitical
injustices that stilloccur in
today’s Iran.”
Lori Huck,
Producer, YahooVoicesFilm
ReviewContributor
Sweden/US/Norway/UK, 2013
75minutes, Color, DVD
Subtitled (Farsi, Swedish)
Sale: $395
Rental: $150
OrderNo. L141120
Thulasi, a young Indianwoman inher twenties, is
literallywilling toboxherwayout of poverty and
intoabetter life.ADalit or“untouchable”born
outsideof caste, she rejectedher placeon
society’s lowest rungat anearly age andwas
forced to leaveher parents’ homewhenonly 14.
Tenyears later, despiteher impressive record in
the ring, ranking3rd in India’s Light Fly category,
Thulasi remains stuck at thebottom, deprivedof
opportunities she rightlydeserves.
Despite anuphill battle against sexual
harassment, poverty and thepressure tomarry,
Thulasi refuses to compromiseherself andher
goals and takes her destiny intoher ownhands.
Filmedduring three eventful years, LIGHTFLY,
FLYHIGH is abeautifully shot, grippingand
inspirational storyof a courageous young
womanwho refuses tobe anyone’s
victimandends upaheroof her ownmaking
against all odds.
OneWorldMediaAwards, BestDocumentary
Int’lDocumentaryFilmFestival, Amsterdam,
OxfamGlobal JusticeAward
Full FrameDocumentaryFilmFestival
SarasotaFilmFestival
ZagrebDoxDocumentaryFilmFestival
GöteborgFilmFestival
TempoFilmFestival Sweden
Tromso Int’l FilmFestival
Light Fly, FlyHigh
AfilmbySusannØstigaardandBeatheHofseth
“DirectorsBeatheHofseth
andSusannØstigaard
portrayThulasi’sstruggles
insideandoutside
theringwithaserene
visualprecisioncharged
withsparksofhumor
andmomentsofdespair
thatarebeautifully
reflectiveofThulasi’s
personalityandplight.”
Full FrameFilmFestival
“Revelatory, unpredictable,
andhighlyengaging.With
excellentnarrativecontrol
throughout, awell-chosen
anddeservingcharacter
was intimatelyand
beautifullyobserved. This
wasadifficult subjectand
thedocumentarya
microcosmforwomen’s
issues thatbadlyneed
highlighting.”
DocumentaryAwardJury,
OneWorldMedia
Norway, 2013, 80minutes
Color, DVD
Subtitled (Tamil)
Sale: $395
Rental: $150
OrderNo. L141129
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