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'Women In Shroud' Documentary Wins Major Award

“Women In Shroud,” a documentary coproduced by RFE/RL's Radio Farda broadcaster Mohammad Reza Kazemi, was awarded by the Cinema For Peace initiative that promotes humanity through film.

The film explores the injustice toward women in Iran’s legal system and the "Stoning of Soraya M." by director Cyrus Nowrasteh, shared the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice at a February 15 gala ceremony attended by stars and personalities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The ceremony was held on the sidelines of the International Berlin Film Festival.

“Women in Shroud,” coproduced by Kazemi and Farid Haerinehad, documents the efforts of Iranian human rights lawyers to fight discriminatory laws and their struggle to save women facing stoning sentences over alleged adultery.

The film features a prominent women’s rights advocate, Shadi Sadr, who presents the case of several women facing stoning.

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