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NZIFF - Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars

NZIFF - Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars

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When:

  • Thu 21 Aug ’14, 2:00pm
  • Sun 24 Aug ’14, 10:45am

Where:

Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

“In a rural village far from Tehran, the night sky glows brilliantly, unimpeded by light pollution, and a teenage girl named Sepideh dreams of becoming a renowned astronomer. Lugging a telescope as tall as herself, Sepideh spends her nights stargazing, inspired by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space. But achieving such a lofty ambition is easier said than done for an Iranian girl. Her uncle threatens something rash if Sepideh persists in her unladylike behavior, and her widowed mother warns that she cannot pay for the necessary schooling. Unphased, Sepideh composes impassioned missives to Albert Einstein and keeps her eyes on the prize. Yet when she’s passed over for a university scholarship and suitors come knocking at the door, her determination is seriously tested. The camera is everywhere we want it to be in this magical documentary – charting the strained, yet devoted, relationship between daughter and mother and capturing unexpected moments that will change Sepideh’s life forever. Shots of breathtaking constellations are windows into Sepideh’s interior world and the vast universe that enthrals her.” — Caroline Libresco, Sundance Film Festival

This stirring documentary tells the story of a teenage Iranian girl determined and spirited enough to defy gender expectations and pursue a career in astronomy.

Proudly sponsored by Maori Television.

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