As Iran labors to move forward as a major player in the world's political and economic scene, for many people life hasn't changed much with the dawn of the 21st century, and filmmaker Roxana Pope presents a portrait of one such woman in this documentary. Pari is sixty-five years old, the mother of five children and grandmother of two more. However, Pari's husband is blind and her kids are out of work, so every day she travels into Tehran and works as a maid in order to keep her family afloat. Traveling to and from work every day takes up six hours of Pari's day and as she makes her way through the city he often witnesses street demonstrations dealing with issues that have little if any impact in her daily life. However, while Pari's life is full of hardship, she's also a woman of great strength and determination, as Pope's film makes clear. Hayat Khalvat e Tehran (aka Tehran Backyard) was an official selection at the 2008 London International Documentary Festival, where it was screened as part of a series of short documentaries on contemporary life in Iran.
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