27-year-old Iranian activist, actress and filmmaker Kiana Firouz, currently residing in London, faces deportation back to Iran where she will be arrested, likely tortured and executed. Firouz’s “crime” is starring in Cul-de-Sac, a docu-styled film on lesbian life in Tehran. The Brit officials have rejected her application for asylum.
Firouz has lodged one final application. If rejected and sent back to Tehran, her “unrepentant homosexuality” and participation in criticism of an ultra-conservative regime could end in a public hanging.
Iranian law defines lesbian acts as female non-relatives “standing naked under one cover without necessity,” whether or not you believe in the God that hates you. Getting caught is punishable by 100 lashes. Repeated offenders are executed.
Cul-de-Sac film features explicit lesbianism and metatextually reflects Firouz’s situation, but hopefully, the actress won’t be sent back to Tehran like her character. The UK-produced picture premieres in London tonight and Firouz will attend the premiere.