The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you’ve seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

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For over 12 years, our aim has been to produce engaging, socially provocative films that push the boundaries of art and story telling and challenge our audiences’ perceptions about what they know and how they look at the world around them. Our primary…


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For over 12 years, our aim has been to produce engaging, socially provocative films that push the boundaries of art and story telling and challenge our audiences’ perceptions about what they know and how they look at the world around them. Our primary focus over the past decade years has been subjects related to Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Many of our films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Venice and IDFA film festivals, won numerous international awards and been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, DR2 and Al Jazeera. In addition to our work in film we have produced cutting edge graphic design, photography and literature projects. We have also been heavily involved in promoting the work of artists from Iran and the Middle East in the US through nonprofit collaborations (we cofounded the non profit organization ArteEast in 2003) and consultations with other organizations.

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