Love Child

Year: 2019Certificate: 12

Eva Mulvad, Lea Glob
Sahand, Leila, Mani
Running Time:
110 mins
Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, English
English Subtitles:
Country of Origin:
Documentary, Drama, F-Rated, Film

Directed by Eva Mulvad the film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since gone on to play major festivals around the world including IDFA, CPH:DOX, Doc NYC and the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary. It recently played the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in the UK.

Love Child offers a heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year-old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.  

“The emotion and drama of it all is staggering, and so are the stakes” -Indie Wire

“Eva Mulvad’s film is remarkable…A feat of captivating storytelling, rich in character detail, vivid temporal awareness and high-stakes tension" - Variety

‘Riveting’ - Observer

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