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“RUNAWAY is a powerful and heart-breaking documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to a women's shelter in Tehran, Iran. The film focuses on the sufferings of young girls who struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of their families, mainly their fathers, brothers, and stepfathers. The sisterly feelings of the girls towards each other, their spiritual strength, their courage to rebel, and their wit are shown with a great degree of compassion and empathy in the film. The filmmakers have beautifully criticized the patriarchal system of family and the destructive power of male family members over the lives of their daughters and sisters. One can imagine that the issue of confinement and abuse goes beyond the issue of class when it comes to the problem of domestic violence and the desire to control women through anger, aggression and madness.” - Mehrnaz Saeed, Colombia College Chicago

“…a compelling mingling of feminist anthropology and documentary filmmaking…its powerful images remain with you long after the credits have run.”
Shiva Balaghi, Associate Director Kevorkian Center, NYU

“…engrossing…[It] reveals the compassionate side of Islam rather than following the Western media’s more clinched demonizing, and leaves the viewer free to decide.”
Derek Elley Variety

“Thought-provoking documentary…Longinotto and Hosseini have created an honest and open account…excellent.”
Inside Out Film


Main credits

Longinotto, Kim (filmmaker)
Mir-Hosseini, Ziba (filmmaker)

Other credits

Camera, Kim Longinotto; editor, Ollie Huddleston.

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Distributor subjects

Anthropology, Child Abuse, Family Relations, Islam, Religion, Young Women


Iran, Domestic violence, young girls; "Runaway"; Women Make Movies