Behind the Stained Walls is based on real stories of former political prisoners, who have survived the injustices of the violent and oppressive regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is the result of the first hand accounts and experiences of survivors who were interviewed, and the prison memoirs of others who endured a similar fate. This work is a statement of solidarity with these women and men and a way of protest against state sponsored violence. We hope that this piece will serve to honour the memory of those who lost their lives, will reflect the stories of those who survived, and will be a voice for those who are presently living this reality. This work was funded by the Toronto Arts Council and The University of Toronto, and is part of the Words, Colour, Movement project facilitated by Dr. Shahrzad Mojab and Bethany J. Osborne, as well as Dr. Mojab’s project Memories, Memoirs and the Arts: Women Political Prisoners. The project has been presented in Canada, US and Europe. Special thanks to the private donors who supported this project and former political prisoners who bravely and candidly shared their stories with us.
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