Jeff Kaufman and Marcia S. Ross on the Iranian Political Prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh in Nasrin Doc [Exclusive Interview]

People gather outside Iran embassy in France on June 13, 2019 to support Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and demand her release. – Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison over a case with seven charges, but she is to only serve the longest sentence, 12 years imposed for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”. She has also been convicted of espionage. Sotoudeh has also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without the hijab Islamic head covering and for another offence. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

Jeff Kaufman
Jeff Kaufman directed Nasrin documentary

For many years, attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh fought for the rights of many Iranians. Her efforts were not unnoticed by the world, especially with Iran in particular.

In the documentary Nasrin, the film documents the humanitarian, civil rights activist, and a political prisoner. The story starts off with her beginnings as an attorney pushing forth for representation in the women’s rights movement. Then her life chapters turned towards conviction and prison of the Iranian government.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this film. An immersive portrait of the world’s most honored human rights activist and political prisoner, attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, and of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. In the midst of filming, Nasrin was arrested in June 2018 for representing women who were protesting Iran’s mandatory hijab law. She was sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes.

The documentary features acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, and journalist Ann Curry. Olivia Colman provided the narration.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director/writer Jeff Kaufman and producer Marcia S. Ross for the documentary Nasrin.

Jeff Kaufman is a documentary filmmaker. Some of the documentaries he directed in the past, included Every Act of Life, Father Joseph, The State of Marriage, The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America, and Education Under Fire. In 2020, he shared a Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for American Masters for the episode “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life.”

Marcia S. Ross is a producer, in which she produced the episode “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life” for the American Masters television series documentary. In 2020, she shared a Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for American Masters.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Virgil Films

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