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In The Bazaar of Sexes


An intimate account of gender relations in Iran, revolving around the institution of temporary marriage, also called lust-marriage. This Shia practice that allows a man and a woman to legally marry for a fixed period of time, anything ranging from one hour to 99 years. Is this religiously sanctified prostitution or a loophole for couples to have a relationship within the rigid Islamic laws? Within these personal stories, religious dogma meets macho sentimentality meets female pragmatism.


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    Gives viewers a rare insight into a very complex society

Festival Participation

  • Viennale - 2009

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