Divorce Iranian Style / Runaway Boxshot
Fighters / Real Money
UK, 1997 / 2001
Length / Divorce Iranian Style: 76 minutes
Length / Runaway: 85 minutes
Special features: 12 minutes
Sound: Original stereo (restored)
Original aspect ratio / Divorce Iranian Style: 1.33:1 full frame
Original aspect ratio / Runaway:
1.78:1, Anamorphic 16:9
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: English, Arabic
PAL DVD9  Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 26th January 2009
Second Run DVD 037
Kim Longinotto is renowned for creating extraordinarily intimate portraits of women on the fringes of society, tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion.
Filmed with empathy and humanity, they are gripping testimony to the transformative power of hope.

DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE unfolds inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression. Astute and beautifully observed, the film reveals the ingenuity and humour with which Iranian women negotiate the restrictions of their society.

RUNAWAY follows the stories of five young girls who arrive at a refuge in Iran’s capital city Tehran, having run away from abusive or neglectful families. Some are in despair, others are simply mischievous; but somehow they must all learn to face the future.

more about the film

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Special Features
- Special edition 2 x Film, optimal quality dual-layer disc
- Newly filmed interview with Kim Longinotto.
- Additional Arabic subtitles for Divorce Iranian Style.
- Digitally re-mastered with restored picture and sound.
- Booklet featuring a new essay by author/filmmaker Mark Cousins and an essay by co-director Ziba Mir-Hosseini.
- Available for the first time together on DVD.

Divorce Iranian Style:

A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Camera - Kim Longinotto
Assistant – Zahra Saiedzadeh
Sound – Christine Felce
Narration – Joanna Rosenthall
Production Manager – Lizzie Lemon, Sima Mir-Hosseini
Editing – Barrie Vince
Assistant Editor – Moby Longinotto


A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Camera - Kim Longinotto
Sound Recordist – Mary Milton
Production Manager – Sima Mir-Hosseini
Film Editor – Ollie Huddleston
On-line Editor – Clive Mattock
Assistant Editor – Paul Rickman

Divorce Iranian Style

“... a rare example of a successful documentary in the mode of Frederick Wiseman...” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“A small, direct, tantalizing documentary... The most startling thing about the film is simply that it was made” Village Voice


“Intimate, shattering, sometimes hopeful” Chicago International Film Festival

“Thought-provoking documentary… an honest and open account… excellent” Inside Out Film

Related Titles
Kim Longinotto’s acclaimed documentaries Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys are also available on Second Run DVD films:

Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys
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