Sepideh has the courage to reach for the stars [Review]

Sepideh has the courage to reach for the stars [Review]

One of 12 documentaries to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Sepideh explores the tragedy of a society where women are suppressed.

Sepideh is a teenage girl living in Iran. She dreams of going to university to study astronomy and become an astronaut like her idol Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman in space. But her family thinks girls should get married and stay at home.

Sepideh faces many challenges to her dreams, such as the drought in the country, and her family not having enough money to raise her and her brother. There is a hurdle every step of the way towards her goal, but she doesn't give up.

The director shows the frustration the young girl has to endure, living in a country where women are second-class citizens, but we can see that it's not impossible to achieve our dreams.

The camera follows Sepideh as she goes about daily life, recording conversations she has with her family and friends. While many people would do anything to keep family conflict private, Sepideh and her loved ones share it, and their courage is worth the respect of movie goers.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Courage to reach for the stars


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