"If a student comes to you asking if it's alright if her neck is visible, you will misinform her. Then the next generation will grow up misinformed." (From the Film)
Being a woman in Iran.
Paradise follows the journey of Hanieh, a 25-year old teacher, who is still mourning the death of both of her parents and lives with her pregnant sister. However, she is suffering from an even bigger struggle with the expectations of society, as she hasn't yet succumbed to the oppressive regime's rules and mentality, unlike all the other women around her. We watch Hanieh floating like a sleepwalker through her daily life. A depressed, indifferent mode and an expressionless face seem to be her way to protect herself. And you wonder: How long can this passive resistance last? This feature debut, which was shot guerilla-style on the streets of Tehran, without any permission from the government, is a sincere, realistic and documentary-like depiction of a woman's struggle within the Iranian regime's overwhelmingly repressive, sexist and exhausting attitude towards women.
2015 LOCARNO FIRST FEATURE AWARD, VANCOUVER, HAMBURG, VIENNALE
Sina Ataeian Dena was born in 1983. He first studied physics, then film at the Sooreh University in Tehran. His first animation short Especially Music won the Best Film award at the Tehran Short Film Festival in 2009. Paradise (2015) is his debut feature and the first installment of a trilogy about violence.