Archives - Program 2020

Competition - Creative documentary

Sunless Shadows

By Mehrdad Oskouei

In a detention centre in Iran, underage girls are serving sentences after a murder. With incredible talent, Mehrdad Oskouei juxtaposes scenes of laughter and play with face-to-face interviews where teenagers speak to the camera as if it were their own mother or victim - generally their father or brother, killed following years of abuse. As the interviews go on, it becomes clear that this is a world where men are in complete control. Footage shows the reflection of armed guards in a shattered window: is this not also a form of protection against the outside world? A highly original and extraordinarily masterful film, winner of Best Director at IDFA. 

  • Section Competition - Creative documentary

WomenJusticeMiddle East

Mehrdad Oskouei


  • Mehrdad Oskouei
  • Carsten Aanonsen

World sales

  • DreamLab Films
Sunday 8 March


Grütli - Salle Langlois

Thursday 12 March


Grütli - Salle Simon

In the presence of the filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouel