June 05

Moving and Inspiring Documentary NASRIN – directed by Jeff Kaufman Opens-June 15!


Reminder – the opening date for the HULU streaming launch of the moving and inspiring documentary NASRIN – directed by Jeff Kaufman is June 15!

Survivor, fighter, resilient, inspiring, fierce, unstoppable, and humanitarian are the key words that many have described Iranian political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh.  She is one of the world’s most courageous human rights lawyers, an activist and a political prisoner, and she is a leading figure in Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.Narrated by Academy Award® Winning actress Olivia Colman, and filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this film, this urgent documentary will be available on HULU starting on June 15. 

This June date is particularly important, as this month (June 13 specifically) marks the third year of Nasrin’s wrongful incarceration in Iran’s worst prison.  During these three years in prison, she has survived Covid-19, heart failing issues, a 40-day hunger strike and some of the most inhumane living conditions.  The release of this incredible film on June 15 – is a reminder of her long standing fight for justice and her perseverance. 

We are hopeful that you, as a journalist, will be able to do a story, an article, an op-ed or coverage on the film and her life during this month and help to highlight her life and her plight.  

For interviews, we can arrange to have the filmmaker Jeff Kaufman and his producer Marcia S. Ross and possibly Nasrin’s husband Ressa – who is living in Iran still with his two children.  Their lives are also constantly at risk, as they are being targeted and watched by the national government.  Moreover, the situation in Iran is constantly changing with an questionable upcoming election that will only amplify this authoritarian regime. 

The global campaign #FreeNasrin still continues, as more and more people are becoming aware of her situation and her unstopping battle.

We truly need to get her story out so that everyone across the globe can help to #FreeNasrin. Millions of people from over 200 nations had called for Nasrin’s release including US President Elect Joe Biden; journalist Christiane Amanpour; journalist/activist Gloria Steinem; author Margaret Atwood; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and many others. 

I am hopeful that you can find a way to include any coverage to be part of this important historic time.


#StandUp4NASRIN
#FreeNasrin


URGENT UPDATE!  
SAD AND ALARMING NEWS!
 As of today, Nasrin Sotoudeh is still in prison in Iran Going Into The Fourth Year.
Surviving Covid earlier this year; Getting through a 40 day hunger strike;
Living Under Horrific Prison Conditions; and Ailing with a Grave Heart Condition;
She Still Remains Fighting for Social Justice.

This award-winning film is her story and is one of the most important documentaries 
of the year launching on June 15 on Hulu.

Virgil Films
Presents
In Association with Floating World Pictures
NASRIN

Directed, Produced & Written by Emmy® Nominated Filmmaker Jeff Kaufman
Produced by Emmy® Nominated Filmmaker Marcia S. Ross
Narrated by Academy Award® Winning Actress Olivia Colman
Executive Produced by Jason Rezaian

LAUNCHES ITS STREAMING ENGAGEMENT ON HULU
STARTING JUNE 15, 2021

#FreeNasrin

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Official Selection – 2020 DOC NYC
Official Selection – 2020 Denver Film Festival
Official Selection – 2020 Globe Docs Film Festival

Directed, produced, and written by Jeff Kaufman and produced by Marcia S. Ross(Emmy® nominated filmmakers of TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE), NASRIN is an immersive portrait of one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. Currently, she is back in prison after being released due to heath reasons after ending her 40+ day hunger strike in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. 

Millions of people from over 200 nations had called for Nasrin’s release including US President Elect Joe Biden; journalist Christiane Amanpour; journalist/activist Gloria Steinem; author Margaret Atwood; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and many others.  The hashtag campaign #FreeNasrin has quickly continued to grow upon the news of her being sent back to prison in Iran!

Secretly filmed in Iran by men and women who risked arrest, NASRIN features interviews with acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, and Nasrin’s husband and fellow-activist Reza Khandan.  The film is narrated by Oscar® winning actress Olivia Colman and also features an original song by Tony Award®-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and performed by 4-time Grammy® winner Angélique Kidjo. In addition, Washington Post columnist and former political prisoner Jason Rezaianserves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.

NASRIN is written, produced and directed by Jeff Kaufman and produced by Marcia S. Ross and edited by Asher Bingham. The music score is composed by Tyler Strickland, and the cinematography is by various women and men in Iran who put themselves at risk to shoot this film and asked to be anonymous.  This is a Floating World Pictures Production. Executive producers include Nina Ansary, Hadi Ghaemi, David and Homeira Hoffman, Nazee Moinian, Jason Rezaian, Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante, and Kristen Wolf. More information on NASRIN is available at www.nasrinfilm.com.  

“This is a must-see film!”
– Gloria Steinem

“Stirring…Eye-opening…Vivid….Extraordinary.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

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Website: www.nasrinfilm.com
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We would like to thank DAVID MAGDAEL & ASSOCIATES, INC. for the press release.