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My Stealthy Freedom, Part 8: Roots 2

December 9, 2015
Ala Mohseni
7 min read
My Stealthy Freedom, Part 8: Roots 2
My Stealthy Freedom, Part 8: Roots 2

Imagine a little girl, full of energy and enthusiasm, who wants to join her brother in playing games. She wants to swim in the river, climb a tree, and ride a bike. But she is not allowed to. She lives in a small village in Iran with her very religious family, who are firm believers in the hejab and other religious norms. Adding to her woes is her long, thick hair, which she struggles to hide under a headscarf. So the little girl is constantly wondering what sin she has committed to suffer these restrictions, and why she is treated so differently from her brother.

In the previous episode, My Stealthy Freedom’s founder Masih Alinejad told us about her relationship with her parents and the constant conflicts she had with them. In this episode, she continues the story of her childhood, and tells us about the many restrictions she faced, which laid the groundwork for her later rejection of forced hejab – despite her family’s opposition.

In the video, Masih Alinejad recounts her school years and the stifling religious teachings that mean half of the Iranian population are denied their most elementary rights. But Masih Alinejad persistently rejected these teachings – which eventually led to her expulsion from high school.

My Stealthy Freedom Documentary; Part 8: The Roots 2 from Vimeo on Vimeo.

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 1: A Page Is Born

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 2: My Stealthy Freedom Takes Flight

My Stealthy Freedom Documentary, Part 3: Isfahan Acid Attacks

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 4: The Threats Begin

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 5: My Password, Pouyan

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 6: The Threats Intensify

My Stealthy Freedom, Part 7: The Roots


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