Divorce Iranian Style (Iran Family Court Rooms)

Divorce Iranian Style challenges preconceptions about what life is like for women in Iran. The most startling thing about the film is simply that it was made. The filmmakers follow the cases of three women who are attempting to divorce their husbands. Although Iranian religious law frowns on divorce, a man is allowed to claim the privilege without needing to show cause, provided he pays his ex-wife compensation. A woman, however, can only sue for divorce if she can prove that her husband is sterile or mad, or if he agrees to let her out of their marriage contract. In the last case, the compensation becomes the bargaining chip: the man will sometimes give his wife her freedom if he doesn’t have to pay. The women are assertive, demanding, and persistent to a degree that confounds stereotypes of oppression. They challenge the judge, badger the uncooperative clerk for misplaced files, chew out their husbands and their husbands’ families. At one point, the judge tells a little girl (the daughter of the court stenographer who has been a fixture in the court from the age of two months) that he has a man picked out for her who’s “not like the riffraff that come in here.” The girl has a more radical plan: “I won’t marry ever, now that I know what husbands are like.”

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    25 Responses to Divorce Iranian Style (Iran Family Court Rooms)

    1. Wolfboy183 says:

      @parresa101 What is the exact word? I am also taking Chinese Second Language at school, and both genders are referred to as “Ta” in spoken language (even though they are written differently)

    2. ISuperLoveMovies says:

      @Wolfboy183 he/she/it is the same word in Persian, but I doubt the guy meant “it” when he spoke rather than “her”

    3. parresa101 says:

      @Wolfboy183 In Persian (farsi) He or she are refereed to as “O” Most of the time, the specific gender dont need to be stated!

      However the gender can be specified if wanted! A male as 3rd person is known as “Mard (or AGHA)” and a woman on 3rd person is referred to as “ZAN (or KHANON)”!!

      This is as much as know, farsi is my second language!! Persian grammar is very similar to German (my 1st language) and it differ from Arabic greatly!! Dont know about chines though!!

    4. jakewestwn says:

      @chicha1964 I agree. It isn’t always the man that is bad. She was a snake.

    5. abusina26 says:

      kir to kosse madaraneh zeynab

    6. pinkfloydeloy says:

      this documentary does not represent Iranian people, they r poor village people here in this film.

    7. honey30la says:

      UM, i can honestly say this movie was painful to watch, the way those men treat their wives are horrible, everyone needs love and respect not just the men, and as for the last lady saying that she wouldn’t give up her child,as a mother myself, i agree w/ her 1000%, i would literly die for my child,and for some court to tell me to hand him over plike that, i just dont have the words. that sweet little girl had the right idea that she wouldn’t marry anyone.i am so glad i live in america.

    8. 22871987 says:

      a very good documentary about family court in Iran. Quite interesting to see how they deal with divorces, child custody etc. 3/5..good to watch on a boring day.

    9. rezapoor1970 says:

      absolutely wrong title. this is not Iranian style, it’s just damned Islamic style that we hope very soon iranians will get rid of that

    10. Raniji1 says:

      That was painful to watch. It seems as if the needs of the child were not considered at all.

    11. lululemonpants says:

      @StopPanTurkistLies no doubt you are a man right? Ofcourse you would not think this to be proper representation. Who really gives a shit if they are poor villagers or rich socialites what does that even matter!!!

    12. marwouan says:


      It’s the Iranian style for 1400 years, deal with it, fire worshiper

    13. marwouan says:


      Arent poor village people Iranian? Poor villagers are the majority in Iran, deal with it

    14. marwouan says:


      So they get a chance to reconciliate

    15. pinkfloydeloy says:

      @marwouan NO, they r not the majority in Iran, onley in Tehran 14000 000 in efsahan 4000 000 in mashad 5000 000 and so on, there are many big citys in Iran and there r many diferents culture in Iran, i had never seen this kinde of Iranian before, first time was in internet,,,

    16. pinkfloydeloy says:

      @marwouan My friend, you dont know what u r talking about, whoo told u persian was fire worshiper? fire was a simbol for cleen and without bad. the zaradosta (zartosht) bleaved in goodnes and kindnes, pls serch and know about what u want to say before u talk, and sorry for my bad english speling,,

    17. marwouan says:


      Keep on dreaming

    18. marwouan says:


      Lol you’re defending the fire?

    19. marwouan says:

      Approximately 35 million Iranians live in rural areas.

    20. pinkfloydeloy says:

      @marwouan ok, im just sorry for u then,,

    21. inguskrauklis says:

      Now is really not the time to stereotype Iran. It is after all, one of very few civilized places left. Hope people in the west will realize that before it is too late.

    22. TheWaterlily2012 says:

      Goes to show that women have a lot of the same feelings and pain, no matter the culture. It may even be easier over there to divorce than the way it goes in America with money-grubbing lawyers, though everything else there looks hard and sad. That one little girl pretending to be the judge was cute. Remember that she will be the kind of kids our government will kill if the American people are forced into another senseless war for the evil ones. The average American does not want a war.

    23. hitikan says:

      the father that bruised his kid says”were friends we play football together”and the kids face was like”yeah,Fuck you,dad.”

    24. silkbuttons says:

      How old is this video???

    25. LovelyM says:

      @StopPanTurkistLies and that makes it okay? Villagers are a part of Iranian culture, not just some trash. People that misinterpret the Koran are to blame here, mostly men.

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