For Love Crimes of Kabul filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian was granted unprecedented access to Badam Bagh Women's Prison and Kabul Men's Prison, as well as several Afghan courtrooms. Tanaz weathered dangerous and unpredictable prison conditions to craft intimate profiles of three subjects imprisoned and awaiting trial for alleged sexual transgressions, as well as their families and prison guards. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in jail, although the sentence could be greatly reduced if the men in question agree to marry them, which is considered the only morally acceptable outcome.
The 5th Annual Noor Film Festival presents a unique opportunity for the Iranian and non-Iranian community, including celebrities and filmmakers, to mix and mingle with the purpose of viewing films and listening to fresh and important voices that capture the complexity and surprising simplicity of such an often misunderstood country. This year's film judges include Tony Plana, Navid Nagahban, Behrouz Vossoughi, Homa Sarshar & Kristoff St. John.
With current political conversations surrounding Iran and with Hollywood's recognition of filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's recent work "A Separation", as well as such new films as "The Green Wave," now more than ever the Noor Film Festival sees the significance of its role as more than just a festival, but an opportunity to allow filmmakers an open platform for self-expression, to help create dialogue on a global scale, and to build a community of Iranians and non-Iranians alike who will help preserve and promote the beauty and essence of Iranian culture, past and present.
For films and reservations, go to http://www.noorfilmfestival.com/.