The Glass House is a 2009 Iranian documentary film by Hamid Rahmanian (director and editor) and Melissa Hibbard (producer and script writer). The film is in Persian with English subtitles. The commercially released DVD also has French, German, Spanish, and Arabic subtitles.
The documentary follows four girls who are attempting to pull themselves out of the margins of society by attending rehabilitation center run by Omid Foundation in uptown Tehran.
The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. Finding Home follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of Finding Home take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music.
Samira (14) is taken in by the program after she is found unconscious on the street by the local police. Her mother is in the "business of crystal meth, pills, hashish, [and] opium." She struggles to overcome forced drug addition.
Mitra (16) lives with her emotionally abusive father and brother. She begins to deal with constant neglect in her creative writing.
Sussan (20) teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse by her brothers.
Nazila (19) works through anger through her music. While Iranian law does not permit female artists to record or perform their music, she is determined to find a way.
The movie won the OSCE Human Rights Special Jury Award, the Best Feature Documentary award at Dallas Video Fest, and a Special Mention at the 2010 ZagrebDox.