With the Iranian revolution of 1979 came the harsh imposition of Sharia law and the repression, persecution, state-sanctioned discrimination and murder of women.
In 2003, Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian citizen to receive the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize acknowledging her courageous efforts for democracy and human rights in Iran. Her crowning achievement inspired Iranian women to begin what has become the most powerful movement for reform in Iran’s history—the One Million Signature campaign. The bravery of these women is remarkable as they risk their lives to gain freedoms under one of the world’s most repressive regimes.
Lion Women chronicles the untold story of the Iranian Women’s Movement and its fight for democracy and human rights which culminated in Teheran’s bloody streets in 2009 when the Lion Women joined hundreds of thousands protesting the controversial presidential election.
For the first time Iranian women reveal to the world their heartbreaking stories in this powerful documentary directed by filmmaker Gry Winther—who stood shoulder to shoulder with the Lion Women in Teheran amid the brutality and violence.