The powerful new documentary film, Nasrin, centering on the life of the unstoppable Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh will have its world festival premiere at GlobeDocs Film Festival 2020 in Boston presented by the Boston Globe newspaper.
Directed, produced, and written by Jeff Kaufman and produced by Marcia S. Ross (Emmy® nominated filmmakers of Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life), Nasrin narrated by Oscar winning actress Olivia Colman, is an immersive portrait of one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.
Currently, she is in the fifth week of a hunger strike and serving a long sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Millions of people from over 200 nations have called for Nasrin’s release including former US Vice-President Joe Biden; journalist Christiane Amanpour; journalist/activist Gloria Steinem; author Margaret Atwood; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and many others. The hashtag campaign #FreeNasrin continues to grow daily.
Secretly filmed in Iran by men and women who risked arrest, Nasrin features interviews with acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, and Nasrin’s husband and fellow-activist Reza Khandan. The film also features an original song by Tony Award®-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and performed by 4-time Grammy® winner Angélique Kidjo. In addition, Washington Post columnist and former political prisoner Jason Rezaian serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.