Sepideh Reaching for the Stars—the uplifting story of Iranian teenager and aspiring astronomer—will screen at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne from Wednesday 14 January 2015 to Sunday 1 February 2015.
Sepideh is an Iranian girl whose dream of becoming an astronaut is met with resistance from her family and the conservative forces of her community. Sepideh’s only ally is a sympathetic astronomy teacher who is fighting his own battle with an oppressive government bureaucracy as he attempts to finish building an observatory.
Sepideh pursues her dream, against the odds of her strict background and difficult economic conditions. Stubborn, with single-minded determination, she is driven by her hero worship of the first Iranian astronaut, Anousheh Ansari (who appears in the film) and her astronomy teacher, entering a competition where the hope of a university scholarship reignites the young teen’s dream.
Shot over two years, this inspired mix of documentary and drama continues the rich Iranian tradition of exploring the country’s mores and culture through the lives of children.
Danish filmmaker Berit Madsen’s said she was compelled to share Sepideh’s story and determination through film. Her gentle approach to the subject matter provides a potent, yet understated mediation on gender inequality, the corrosive nature of conservative forces and the bracing power of education and enlightenment.
Dates: Wednesday 14 January–Sunday 1 February 2015
Tickets: $13/$17 (ACMI Member discounts available)
For for information and tickets visit: http://www.acmi.net.au/sepideh