The Ladies’ Room

Documentary by Mahnaz Afzali

Filmed in a womans restroom located in a public park in Irans metropolitan center of Tehran, this documentary explodes Western stereotyping of women in Iran. The elder who runs the washroom offers a shoulder to cry on or tough love in a place where women—many of them especially marginalized because they are prostitutes, addicts or runaways—feel safe enough to remove their veils, and draw on cigarettes and their opinions on a wide range of subjects that men cannot hear them speaking about: sex, family abuse, relationships, drugs, religion, self-mutilation. The director (and admired actress) supplies the audience with an unflinching, detailed examination of the lives of the women who use the restroom as a gathering place >>>


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Fascinating documentary

by Monda on

Finally got to watch the short version, will look for the DVD on APF.  Thanks GS for the intro.


به پیش که ناله کنم


این است ثمره ٣١ سال اسلام در ایران.این قطره ای از این دریای نا پاک است


Yeah Mazira, I was wondering about that?

by Bavafa on

Also, isn't against Islamic law or at least un-customary to watch (by men) a women while she is praying?

I don't know, they have so many rules and regulations, that it makes IRS a lawless entity.

Overall, a good documentary.

Thanks GS

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

G S thanx for posting ,as sad the issue was I liked the part where the lady was praying in MOSTARAH.       Maziar


Another great documentary on downtrodden young Iranian women

by didani on

Saw it on Sundance channel, watch for reruns.

The Glass House skillfully examines the mostly hidden lives of young women, teetering on the fringes of Iranian society in modern Tehran. Marginalized by their families, these women have found a saving grace in a day center formed by an Iranian expatriate. Marjaneh Halati opened the center to give downtrodden young women a voice, thus empowering them with the life skills they need to succeed on their own. Many of these teens previously spent time in a jail, hospital, or state home because they had no other options. Sussan is 20 years old and suffers from memory loss and a stutter as a result of a blow to the head either from her sigheh (temporary husband) or her abusive brother. Mitra is learning how to avoid confrontation with her father, who takes out his frustration on his 16-year-old daughter. Nazila, 19, finds an outlet for her anguish by recording as a rap singer, which is forbidden by law. The young women see Marjaneh as both a mother figure and a mentor and cherish her frequent visits from London. In superb cinema vérité style spanning 18 months, The Glass House deftly portrays a spirit of hopefulness. These former victims are given the chance to express themselves and transform their difficult circumstances into new beginnings.




what a nice attendant lady

by MM on

She is everyone's mother-figure.


What a tragic life.

by پیام on

I wonder if Iran would ever progress out of the sewage it has turned into.