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Mehrdad Oskouei’s Retrospective at America’s Anthology Film Archive

In his trilogy of works set in the rehabilitation center, Oskouei mixes interviews with the inmates, vignettes from their lives and brief bits of stylization to create a tapestry of longing and self-negation
 Screenshot from ‘Starless Dreams’ Screenshot from ‘Starless Dreams’

America’s Anthology Film Archive is running a retrospective of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei.
Anthology Film Archives, based in New York, is an international center for the preservation, study and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental and avant-garde cinema.
Launched on February 23, the program is scheduled to run till February 28. On February 23 and 26, the theater of Anthology Film Archive screened Oskouei’s multi-award-winning documentary ‘Starless Dreams’, Mehr News Agency wrote.
The film plunges the viewer into the lives of seven young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and correction center on the outskirts of Tehran. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond and reveal, with disarming and often playful honesty, the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. One girl killed her father; another robbed a bank; another was nabbed for carrying 651 grams of cocaine.


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