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Great Britain, 2001, 87 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W02750
“RUNAWAY is a powerful and heart-breaking documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to a women's shelter in Tehran, Iran. The film focuses on the sufferings of young girls who struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of their families, mainly their fathers, brothers, and stepfathers. The sisterly feelings of the girls towards each other, their spiritual strength, their courage to rebel, and their wit are shown with a great degree of compassion and empathy in the film. The filmmakers have beautifully criticized the patriarchal system of family and the destructive power of male family members over the lives of their daughters and sisters. One can imagine that the issue of confinement and abuse goes beyond the issue of class when it comes to the problem of domestic violence and the desire to control women through anger, aggression and madness.” - Mehrnaz Saeed, Colombia College Chicago


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Joris Ivens Award Nomination
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Osnabruck Film Festival, Children's Rights Award
Zanzibar International Film Festival, Silver Dhow Award

  • Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival
  • DocAviv International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Munich International Documentary Film Festival
  • Newport Beach International Film Festival
  • International Festival on Human Rights One World
  • It’s All True Sao Paolo International Documentary Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
  • New Zealand Film Festival
  • Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
  • Seoul Women’s Film Festival
  • Iranian Diaspora Film Festival

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    “…a compelling mingling of feminist anthropology and documentary filmmaking…its powerful images remain with you long after the credits have run.”
    Shiva Balaghi, Associate Director
    Kevorkian Center, NYU

    “…engrossing…[It] reveals the compassionate side of Islam rather than following the Western media’s more clinched demonizing, and leaves the viewer free to decide.”
    Derek Elley

    “Thought-provoking documentary…Longinotto and Hosseini have created an honest and open account…excellent.”
    Inside Out Film

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