DVD: The Apple, For retail (Artificial Eye)

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The Independent Culture

This debut from Samira Makhmalbaf, favourite daughter of the Iranian new wave, tells the bizarre but tender true-life story of twin 11-year-old girls who have spent their life locked behind bars by their troubled parents.

First released in 1998, it is a feature well worth its re-issue, making daring points about the position of women in society – even if the censors did reject its original title, The Girls are Tired of Staying at Home, on the grounds it could apply to all women in Iran.