Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness
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Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness

Fri
23
Fri Apr 23 1:30 PM

Jetty Memorial Theatre
Assisted Listening
Wheelchair
100 Percent
Subtitled
General Admission
Unclassified 15+
89 Mins
April
Mon Apr 19

Fri Apr 23

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Under Iranian law, those sentenced to death have a chance to be spared by the family of the victim, with a select few cases for clemency decided in the living rooms of the Iranian people, via a reality TV show.

Spotlights and cameras are all in position as 22-year-old Maryam, condemned to death by murdering her decades-older husband, is supposed to beg forgiveness for her life. Whether Maryam lives or dies is in the hands of Mona, her husband’s adult daughter. The provocatively titled show, “The Joy of Forgiveness” will decide Maryam’s fate.

Taking place over just a few hours and almost entirely contained within the studio, Yalda stresses the harsh juxtaposition of the two women’s inner turmoil-turned-public-spectacle in this tense meditation of gender politics, culture, and religion.

Compelled by the social complexities of contemporary Iran, director Massoud Bahkshi recorded accounts from several women who had murdered their husbands, their stories stayed with him as he developed this powerful exploration of female characters subject to Iran’s profound patriarchy.

Farsi with English subtitles
April
Mon Apr 19

Fri Apr 23

Jetty Memorial Theatre

337 Harbour Drive Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450