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The Glass House

The cultural and legal prohibitions governing women in Iran are felt more acutely by young victims of rape and physical abuse, who are treated as though they were the transgressors. But in Tehran there’s a safe house where such girls are taught to speak up and fight back, whether by taking court action against violent boyfriends or by breaking a familial cycle of drug abuse. In this bracing 2008 documentary, director Hamid Rahmanian (Day Break) focuses on four tough cookies--one of them a taboo-breaking, kung-fu kicking rapper--as they struggle to escape their relatives’ depravity and indifference and envision meaningful futures for themselves. In Farsi with subtitles. 93 min.

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