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Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

Leading one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Iran, journalist and activist Masih Alinejad uses her freedom in exile to amplify the protests of millions of women rebelling against the forced hijab on social media. As a voice of the voiceless, she uses her radio, television and online presence to broadcast stories of resistance that the Islamic regime doesn't want exposed. Despite threats of violence and oppression, she lends her contagious energy and tireless efforts to the cause, physically embodying the highs and lows of political engagement and the cognitive dissonance of being a witness from afar. As a way of dealing with her displacement and the heavy responsibility of transmitting other people's stories, she plants trees in America to represent all her loved ones in Iran—a powerful symbolic act to encourage others to plant seeds with their deeds, and to create the life, the change and the world they want to inhabit. Angie Driscoll


  • Director(s)

    • Nahid Persson
  • Producer(s)

    • Nahid Persson
    • Setareh Lundgren
  • Editor(s)

    • Nahid Persson
    • Rostam Persson
  • Cinematography

    • Nahid Persson
    • Kambiz Foroohar
    • R. H.
    • A. F.
  • Composer

    • Natali Noor
  • Sound

    • André Parklind

Promotional Partners

Persister presented in partnership with

Oxfam Canada

Nordic Bridges
This screening was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

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