7.30pm to 8.00pm – Screening: The Corridor
8.00pm to 9.00pm – Discussion with the director, Zoe Neirizi.
As seating is limited, please confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail to Yasmin Masidi.
Watch the documentary and listen to the director as she tells you her true story behind this short documentary.
The Corridor tells the story of a young Iranian woman who becomes politically active in opposing Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime in the 1980s. She is made to pay a heavy price, not only in terms of her immedate suffering, her torture and imprisonment at the hends of the regime, but the deeper pain of having her daughter, born in prison, taken away by the authorities, to be brought up by her husband’s family. She is then forced to leave Iran and comes to Britain to make a new life, still grieving for the daughter she has left behind. Now in London she looks back on her life and the struggles in which she has been involved, and considers what lessons her experiences has for others, including for her daughter who eventually rejoins her in London.
About the Director
Zoe Neirizi first came to the U.K in 1976. She studied film at the London International Film School. She made a number of short films focusing on the lives of ordinary people. Among these was a twenty-minute film about a lonely elderly woman and her struggles for survival.
She joined the Iranian Student Federation in London, campaigning against the Shah’s dictatorship in Iran. In 1979, the people of Iran rose against the Shah and a change of regime seemed inevitable. Fired with enthusiasm, she returned to Iran.
However, soon after its establishment, the new regime of Khomeini started to brutally attack the opposition. Zoe was arrested by the Islamic guard, while heavily pregnant with her first child, and was imprisoned for three years and two months. After her release, she still was not safe and left Iran in March 1993.
She came back to Britain where she studied law, intending to follow a career in international law & human rights. She became a qualified lawyer in February 2005, and she set up her own law firm, Neirizi Swan Solicitors in November 2006.
Zoe was a member of the Write to Life Project at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in London from 1998 to 2000, and wrote short stories about her life. Later she wrote a film script to illustrate her sufferings at the hands of the Islamic regime of Iran and in particular to come to terms with the pain of her separation from her daughter when she was a baby.
The Corridor marks Zoe’s debut as writer, director and producer of a drama short. This 27-minute film was shot on Super 16mm in East London in February 2004, and was completed in 2005. One of her dreams is to find time to write about her experiences related to the social issues affecting women and disadvantaged groups in general.
Sisters in Islam, No. 7, Jalan 6/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
7.30pm – 9pm