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The imprisonment of Actresses in Iran; new developements in suppressing women

Sepideh Yousefzadeh

A month ago Marzieh Vafamenhr, who is an actress as well producer of documentaries was detained and sent to the notorious Gharechak-Varanmin prison which is known as not a prison but a torture chamber without the least of facilities. Her husband, Naser Taghvaie said: the accusations against his wife are not political but “Sharie” ,“according to the religion”!

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A month ago Marzieh Vafamenhr, who is an actress as well producer of documentaries was detained and sent to the notorious Gharechak-Varanmin prison which is known as not a prison but a torture chamber without the least of facilities. Her husband, Naser Taghvaie said: the accusations against his wife are not political but “Sharie” ,“according to the religion”!

Marzieh’s colleagues, Pegah Ahangarani and Mahnaz Mohammedi both actresses are kept in Ward 209 of the Evin prison. Apart from them more than 30 women are currently serving prison terms in the Evin prison on political charges. Outside Tehran and in Shiraz, Maryam Bahreman is still i n prison although she has paid a heavy bail out money. All these women reflect their generation.

In a note on The facebook of the Feminist School, Sepideh Yusefzadeh remembers Marzieh:

“ I only saw her once in a big crowd where she sat silently and never opened her mouth. She is the generation of war years. Documentaries about the effect of Iran-Iraq war on the schools of those years showed the cold, revolutionary atmosphere.

“Early morning exercise in the school yard commanded by women with their eyes behind large glasses and their hair hidden under thick scarves and their outfit: a long, dark dress which widened as it went down to the ankle. Coarse voiced and no smile, they would jump up and down reciting war songs and us students forced to jump up and down with them!”

Thursday 21 July 2011

Feminist School

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