Middle East matters

New film depicts struggles of Iranian activist Nasrin Sotoudeh

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Nasrin Sotoudeh is a women's rights attorney and winner of the prestigious Sakharov Prize. Over the years, she has become a voice for the voiceless, representing children, Iran's persecuted minority communities, as well as leading opponents of the death penalty. Back in 2019, the jailed 57-year-old was sentenced again, for defending women who had removed their hijabs. Last week, she was temporarily released on furlough to receive medical treatment. All that and more has been depicted in a new film, "Nasrin". We speak to Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross, who are behind the four-year project.

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