Narrated by Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman and secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest, this film follows the work and life of renowned human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh.

In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBTQ, religious minorities, journalists, artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in June 2018 and sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Even from prison, she has continued to challenge the authorities. 

Features acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, exiled women’s rights activist Mansoureh Shojaee, and Nasrin’s equally courageous husband Reza Khandan.

“Nasrin Sotoudeh is Iran’s Nelson Mandela.”  – The Independent

“Nasrin – the woman and the documentary – will make you angry at injustice, and give you hope. This is a must-see film!”  – Gloria Steinem 

“Nasrin Sotoudeh is an extraordinarily brave woman. I urge you to see this timely and important film!”– Margaret Atwood

“Long the voice of the voiceless in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh requires every ounce of her extraordinary courage to avoid being silenced herself.  – The Guardian

“Nasrin Sotoudeh should win the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is a hero for our age.” – Nicholas Kristof, New York Times


  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: Floating World Pictures
  • Director: Jeff Kaufman
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA


  • DOC NYC 2020 (USA), Boston GlobeDocs Fest 2020 (USA), Denver Film Festival 2020 (USA), Festival Cinéma & Droits Humains 2020 (Paris, France), Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne di Firenze 2020 (Italy)

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