From the age of 7, Elli, 31 years old today, learned that she was obliged not only to cover her face but also her entire being, her body and even her thoughts. She was another victim of the moral police when she lived in Tehran.
“I didn’t want to cover my face, my body. I was constantly in trouble with the police. They tortured me in 2009 and then at the university because I wore green, the color of freedom,” she reveals.
Not even her best friend escaped the torture. She remains in prison to this day because she walked around the subway without the headscarf for a few minutes.
Elli and her older sister Sunde came to Greece 4 years ago. To escape the theocratic regime of their country. To make a new beginning.
The two Iranian sisters look anxiously at their mobile phones as they talk. Their relatives, friends are out in the streets of Tehran, the news from home has stopped coming. The last time Sunde contacted her closest friend was 3 days ago.
Together with Iranian artists living in Athens, they created a video in their audiovisual media learning workshop to make their cry for freedom heard, the cry of the 22-year-old dead girl who was arrested for not wearing her headscarf properly and became a symbol of freedom and resistance.
Their call for us all to be the voice that cannot be heard is shocking.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was the spark that lit the big fire. “It is a struggle of the new generation for freedom” say the 2 Iranian sisters.