Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars

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Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars
Berit Madsen, 2013
Denmark/Iran/Germany/Norway/Sweden | English and Farsi with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 88 minutes

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream—of a future as an astronaut. At night, she stares up at the universe. At home, full of hope and longing, she watches recordings of the first female Iranian in space, Anousheh Ansari. When her father died suddenly six years earlier, Sepideh discovered that she could feel closer to him by watching the stars. And so her dream was born. But not everyone appreciates her boundless ambition. After all, becoming an astronaut is not exactly a normal goal for a girl in Iran. Her mother and uncle are worried about the emancipated young woman. She doesn’t want to learn to cook, hardly ever visits her family, and doesn’t seem to be thinking about marriage at all. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her.

Series: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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