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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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The story of Shahrbanu, Sohaila, and Elaheh Mansourian, three sisters who are Wushu fighters.

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Directed by Sahar Mosayebi

Documentary Feature / Iran / 87 mins

Strand: Viva Voce: Stories of Women

UK Premiere / In competition

Screening: Thursday 19th September 18:15 | Sunday 22nd September 15:15

Review:

"Iranian cinema has a rich, varied, and self-aware texture. While one might expect the strictures of a theocratic state to impinge creative output, these very restrictions push filmmakers to extraordinary lengths to tell stories with unique, even revolutionary methods. PLATFORM explores the unique and extraordinary tale of three sisters rejecting the assumptions placed upon them to become masters of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. They are not free from the conservatism of their country - they are forced to cover themselves entirely, unlike their opponents - but they do not shy from these problems, and succeed in spite of them.

While compelling in content, Sahar Mosayebi also proves herself very much a daughter of Iran’s history of engaging, well-crafted cinema. The editing is especially impressive, cutting together fights and training as though part of a choreographed action sequence. These scenes provide the documentary with a spark and the spirit of these fighters seems to infect the film itself - a welcome meeting of content and form. PLATFORM is more than a simple telling of a sporting success story, it is an inspirational, motivational film about what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. / Review by Milo Garner.

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Credits:

Director: Sahar Mosayebi

Writer: Sahar Mosayebi

Producers: Mahtab Keramati, Tahoora Abolghasemi

Executive Producers: Mahtab Keramati, Tahoora Abolghasemi

Cast: Shahrbanou Mansourian, Elaheh Mansourian, Soheila Mansourian

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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