Denver, CO, October 26, 2009 – Sundance Channel looks at the hidden lives of four young Iranian women in the U.S. television debut of the critically acclaimed documentary film, The Glass House. Premiering as part of the network’s DOCday programming block on November 16 at 9 pm, ET/PT, the film is directed by Hamid Rahmanian and produced by Melissa Hibbard. The documentary follows four girls for a period of over 18 months as they strive to pull themselves out of the margins of Iranian society. The Glass House made its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Alienated from their families and restricted by society, the subjects of this film have found safety and comfort in the Omid e Mehr center, a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation facility to give troubled young women the life skills they need to succeed on their own. The center’s founder, expatriate Marjaneh Halati, currently travels regularly from her home in London to Tehran to make sure the center is meeting her standards and, most importantly, to give the girls some much needed guidance and one-on-one attention. Without anyone to turn to for support, many of these teens previously spent time in a jail, hospital or state home.
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