The opening of Majed Neisi’s film shows his seven brothers and his sister laughing and dancing at his cousin’s wedding in Ahvaz in south-west Iran. But this is just the public face of a family in crisis.
His elder brother Mohammad had become a heroin addict who would vanish for weeks at a time. After the party, he disappeared and nobody would talk about him.
In a country where honour and reputation are paramount, a drug-addicted child is a huge stigma. ‘My mother hated the disgrace and prayed for his death,’ said Neisi.
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