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When you buy a DVD of the award-winning documentary THE GLASS HOUSE all the profits will go to helping young vulnerable women.

The DVD is $15 through March 2013.

(DVDS are regularly priced $19.95.)

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Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, Produced by Melissa Hibbard
The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you’ve seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

About the Omid-e-Mehr Center
Omid e Mehr was established in 2004 in Iran to strengthen the social, emotional, and economic competencies of disadvantaged young women (aged from 15 to 25), and provide them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education and training. Omid's clients have typically either been put into care from an early age, or run away from abusive homes, or live in extreme poverty. They often suffer from severe mental health and emotional difficulties, mostly stemming from their experiences of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and exposure to drugs and violence. Despite their past difficulties, and the obstacles still facing them, Omid's young clients have dreams. They yearn to participate in life, and to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. Omid's holistic approach provides these young clients with the opportunities to realize such dreams. They are offered the tools, structure and support to help them succeed. And, above all, they are offered the chance to be heard. The cornerstones of this approach are self-empowerment, education and training, supplemented by effective work placement, counseling and assistance. To learn more about Omid e Mehr click, visit

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The DVD includes:
•English, Arabic, French, German and Spanish subtitles of the movie
• 40 minutes of deleted scenes
• A 20-minute interview with Marjaneh Halati, the founder of Omid e Mehr
• Saman, A Short Story, a short piece about a transgendered woman taken in by Omid e Mehr

Sanam: A short Story

About the DVD:
• This DVD is a double-sided disc and optimized for standard DVD players.
• All DVD extras are in Farsi and/or English with English subtitles.
• The DVD is NTSC, Region 0

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Thanks to:
Razi Health Foundation for their generous contribution to the completion of this DVD

OSCE Human Rights Award
Special Jury Award - Zagrebdox
Best Feature Documentary - Dallas Video Fest
Best Documentary - Spain's Urban TV

THE GLASS HOUSE is a Sundance Channel Original Documentary, in association with Impact Partners

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