"Nasrin" Film Screening
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Room C105

Join the Duke Human Rights Center for a screening of the film "Nasrin," the fourth film in the 2022-2023 Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series. Filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this film, "Nasrin" is an immersive portrait of one of the world's most courageous human rights activists and political prisoners, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and of Iran's remarkably resilient women's rights movement. In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in June 2018 for representing women who were protesting Iran's mandatory hijab law, and she was sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Even from prison, she has continued to challenge the authorities. An Amnesty International petition calling for her release received over a million signatures from 200 countries.


The post-screening panel will feature Yasaman Baghban and Mandana Naviafar.

Yasaman Baghban is an Iranian documentary filmmaker. She got her MA in Cinema from Tehran University of Art. She was a lecturer of Art at the Shiraz Institute of Higher Education and decided to continue her education at Duke University in the MFA Experimental and Documentary Arts program. She is interested in essay films, video arts, photography, multimedia, and academic research. She focuses on the integration of time and memory, immigration and exile, as well as feminism, human rights, and Middle Eastern conflicts. She has made a number of short experimental and documentary films, including Issued from Fasa, Section 59, I was born in 1988, and Home. Baghban is currently working on a short documentary based on her experience as an international student who left her home country of Iran and its laws restricting women, only to arrive in the United States in time to witness the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Her latest film revolves around two main concepts: body and imprisonment.

Mandana Naviafar is a graduate student in the Program in Literature Department at Duke University. She is originally from Tehran, Iran.