In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBTQ, religious minorities, journalists, artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in June 2018 and sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Even from prison, she has continued to challenge the authorities.
Narrated by Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman and secretly filmed by women and men who risked arrest, the film features acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, exiled women’s rights activist Mansoureh Shojaee, and Nasrin’s equally courageous husband Reza Khandan.
World Premiere at the 2020 GLOBE DOCS Film Festival and Official Selection for 2020 Doc NYC
“Nasrin Sotoudeh is Iran’s Nelson Mandela.” - The Independent
“Nasrin - the woman and the documentary - will make you angry at injustice, and give you hope. This is a must-see film!” - Gloria Steinem
“Nasrin Sotoudeh is an extraordinarily brave woman. I urge you to see this timely and important film!” - Margaret Atwood
“Long the voice of the voiceless in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh requires every ounce of her extraordinary courage to avoid being silenced herself. - The Guardian
“Nasrin Sotoudeh should win the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a hero for our age.” Nicholas Kristof
About the filmmaker
Jeff Kaufman is a documentary producer, director, and writer. His films include Every Act of Life (about Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally, now in post-production), The State Of Marriage (one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 20 Pop Culture Moments in Hollywood’s Road To Marriage Equality”), Father Joseph (about a Haitian priest who has worked for decades to empower poor women), The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America (a New York Film Festival “critics pick”), Brush With Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman, and Education Under Fire (with Amnesty International), plus programs for The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and The Learning Channel. Earlier, he hosted / produced daily talk radio shows in Los Angeles and Vermont, contributed cartoons to The New Yorker and drawings to The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and wrote / illustrated several children’s books.
Marcia Ross produced the documentaries Every Act Of Life, The State of Marriage, Father Joseph, and The Savoy King. Additionally she has an over 3-decade career as an independent casting director and casting executive, serving 16 years as EVP for Casting at Walt Disney Motion Pictures, and 5 years as VP for Casting and Talent Development at Warner Brothers TV. Some of her film and television credits include Clueless, Cujo, thirtysomething, Murder in Mississippi, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Princess Diaries, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Lookout, Enchanted, Oblivion, and Parental Guidance. She has received career achievement awards from the Casting Society of America and the Hollywood Film Festival.