Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars


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BUY TICKETS     Thursday, 11 December – 4.00pm – The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA

“Sepideh is an example of why capturing these dreams, and the continued struggles that young women in the world face for simply having dreams, is an important locus for documentary filmmaking.”Indiewire

“Every day, every night, I dream of floating in space.” Such is the aspiration of Sepideh, an Iranian teenage stargazer, in this refreshingly uplifting portrait of a courageous young Iranian woman who refuses to conform to expectations.

Lugging a telescope as tall as herself, Sepideh spends her nights stargazing, inspired by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space. Her days are spent writing missives to her other hero, Albert Einstein.

But her astronautical aspirations are challenged by family expectations of matrimony and domesticity. Her uncle threatens severe repercussions if Sepideh persists in her unladylike behaviour, and her widowed mother warns that she cannot pay for the necessary schooling.

Director Berit Madsen has captured a precious snapshot of adolescence and her stunning skyward time-lapse photography makes this magical film a delight to watch.