October 08, 2006

Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale


Sohaila, a well educated woman, 27 years of age tells us her story about what leads her to sell her kidney. It’s a story about a system where women are prey by constitution. Raped in early age she flees into a marriage with a psychologically disturbed man. To get a divorce she has to borrow money and buy herself free, a freedom which is imaginary even though she gets a good position in a computer company and is able to pay the interest of the loan, faith caches up on her. Her abusive stepfather is now about to sell the elder of her half sisters, who already tried to commit suicide, to a crippled considerably older man. Sohaila decides to take care of her two half sisters. Meanwhile the half of the loan which was private has to be paid of immediately. Sohaila face a situation where social authorities waves her away in spite of her impossible situation with hints that she always could sell her body. Sohaila refuses to do so but she still has to sell a part of it – her kidney.
-Excerpt from the Swedish made documentary by Nima Sarvestani shot in Iran, "Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale"

10 comments:

Samawel said...

it is both depressing and angering that some people have to face such circumstances... something must be done, what little we do might eventually sum up to make a difference.. i'm not entirely sure if i'm actively contributing to doing something to stop people suffering these ways.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I know samawel. I felt the same. I sat there comfortably in my sofa watching this terrible documentary and it makes me feel sick. Physically ill watching it.

Whatever I am going through in my life pales in comparison.

But what am I doing to give people a chance who get none?

Destitute Rebel said...

It is stories like these that show us what the world has come to, so much sorrow and grief in some places, in peoples lives and the lucky ones of us who have a good life are usually oblivious to these situations. Just seeing, reading or hearing about these things makes one hurt and we feel like we should do something about it. May God give us the strength to face the horrors of life and try to do things to make life better for those who are unfortunate.

Diligent Candy said...

Sends chills down my spine...may God give us courage.

clayfuture said...

How can I get this movie?

Anonymous said...

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Shane
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Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Clay, I would try visit the website and email them. I don't think it's something you would find in a store.

kaya said...

Very tragic. But you would be suprised at what lies beneath the stones.
The very person next to you, always look for what is not said when a person speaks to you. The unsaid always speaks volumes.
The words lie in the pauses.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Like the italians say, sometimes silence rings louder in ones ears.

Anonymous said...

poverty is product of capitalism, of exploitation done by minority of rich people. sometimes result is selling of kidney, sometimes something else. Africa is full of tragic stories which are result of western exploitation of Africa. So, I don't say that this women don't have tragic life, but why people publish something bad from Iran but not from Africa? Poor people exist everywhere, homeless exist in every EU country. Illegal foreigners die from sickness in Sweden because doctor don't want to help them, etc.