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“Shi Solène, I would have liked to show you a different, freer Iran. But this Iran does not exist. Nothing has changed. Outside, I feel suffocated. » The message was sent from Tehran from an encrypted application. Its author decided to be called Sarah, a 22-year-old Iranian science student.

His face, too, is not his. To guarantee her anonymity and avoid reprisals from the regime, journalist Solène Chalvon-Fioriti used, for the first time in a French documentary, artificial intelligence and thus modified her appearance while retaining her expressions.

For a year and a half, the young woman filmed, despite the risks, her daily life in the Islamic Republic of Iran, offering a striking insight into today's Iran. “You know Solène, with everything that’s happening, I’m at home more and more,” confides Sarah, who shares an condo within the capital with one other scholar. “It is only at home that I feel free. » The day before, the Iranian woman was threatened in the street by a police officer because she was not wearing the obligatory veil. “I didn’t tell him anything,” she admits. I don't wish to danger my life for a veil. »

“Fewer girls wear the veil”

Almost two years after the Woman, Life, Freedom revolution, an unprecedented motion of revolt towards the Iranian regime provoked by the dying in September 2022 of the younger Mahsa Amini by the hands of the ethical police for a poorly worn veil, a big quite a few girls have stopped carrying the compulsory veil within the nation's massive cities as an indication of defiance towards the Islamic Republic which considers the hijab because the image of its Islam. But decided to place an finish to this “challenge” hatched, in keeping with him, by foreigners, the supreme information of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered, on April 3, the redeployment of the ethical police to punish the refractory.

READ ALSO The surprising confessions of Masih Alinejad, sworn enemy of the Islamic Republic of Iran “It’s true, fewer girls are wearing the veil, but frankly, I don’t know if I should be happy about it,” confides Sarah in a video message. “I'm so afraid for them, seeing the way in which they assault women who’re slightly rebellious. » On the way in which to school, the coed movies the black and white portraits of classmates plastered on the institution's gates.

They had been all arrested or killed by the authorities. According to the report of the fee of inquiry of the UN Human Rights Council, at the least 551 demonstrators, together with 49 girls and 68 kids, died within the bloody repression of the motion, together with 9. by hanging.

Connected to the remainder of the world

But the curiosity of Solène Chalvon-Fioriti's documentary lies in the truth that it’s not confined to progressive and revolutionary circles. We, the youth of Iran* additionally delves into the each day lives of younger individuals from extra conventional households, favorable to the Islamic Republic, who represent round 20% of the 80 million Iranians.

This is the case of Mariam, a 22-year-old beauty surgical procedure scholar, who wears a white chador (full veil) masking her total physique. Despite the very strict spiritual training she acquired from a younger age, the younger girl, whose father is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq warfare, nonetheless stays very related to the remainder of the world.

On her smartphone that she by no means leaves, this magnificence clinic worker misses nothing of the each day lifetime of her favourite influencers, carrying extreme make-up and revealing themselves. “I consider myself a feminist,” says Mariam, whose face reveals drawn eyebrows and a lightweight lipstick. I would like equal rights between women and men. » Incredulous, her mom, dressed all in black at her facet, however assures that every one girls are free in Iran.

Criticisms of the weight loss plan

If Iranian girls are the bulk at college and entry positions of accountability, the lifetime of a lady remains to be value half as a lot as that of a person, when it comes to inheritance, testimony in court docket, or sum to be paid within the occasion of murder. Legal advisor, this pious Iranian, very connected to the Koran, castigates the Woman, Life, Freedom motion, which, in keeping with her, has introduced nothing to the nation. Enough to harass her personal daughter who, towards all expectations, will distance herself from her mom.

“I am totally opposed to the way my government handled this revolt,” she declared brazenly. “In my opinion,” she provides, “the demonstrations were not just about the hijab and I support them on many points. » And the young woman denounced the idea according to which Iran would be divided in two, between progressives and traditionalists: “I refuse to believe that there is a fundamental opposition between the others and us. »

READ ALSO EXCLUSIVE. “Crimes against humanity have been committed in Iran” This barely hid criticism of the regime, which can be present in different conservative households, and even in a former pro-government militiaman, brings a glimmer of hope for the way forward for the nation. A word of optimism which contrasts with the despondency of a big a part of the youth, and which Sarah expresses with out concession. “I’m fed up with this case. It is a trouble. I wish to go cry in a nook to be relieved of this stress, she sighs. There is just one answer: do like everybody else and enhance my degree of English to depart. » The Iranian has already submitted a visa software to proceed her research in Europe. The Revolution will wait.

*We, the youth of Iran, by Solène Chalvon-Fioriti, Sunday April 21, at 9:05 p.m., on France 5.