Price of Secrecy: Hazineh Razdari

An unexpected turn of events occurs when 15-year-old Tannaz tells the police about being sexually abused by a friend.

2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2019 / Zoha Zokaei / Telegram Messenger, Iran/UK

An unexpected turn of events occurs when 15-year-old Tannaz tells the police about being sexually abused by a friend.

Price of Secrecy is a hybrid podcast series addressing familial, cultural, social, and legal constraints that contribute to the silence around the issue of child sexual abuse in Iran. It is produced through close collaboration with lawyers, psychologists, psychotherapist and social activists that deal with this issue professionally in Iran. With their help, personal stories of adult survivors of child sexual abuse have been collected and presented in hybrid forms that blur the line between fact and fiction. The sensitivity of the topic often causes resistance in the audience to engage with such taboo subjects. Using the hybrid form has enabled a safe distance through dramatization and fictionalization, whilst allowing a contextualization of these stories within the wider socio-cultural landscape.

Listen to the full story with subtitles here: Part 1 / Part 2 .

Price of Secrecy: Hazineh Razdari was produced by Zoha Zokaei and edited by Rob Szeliga.
The project was supported by Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)


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Zoha Zokaei

Zoha Zokaei (@ZohaZokaei) is a British-Iranian artist and PhD researcher with a track record of presenting work internationally. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Zoha will be part of a Panel Discussion all about new methods of intertwining documentary, fiction & story for - dare we say it - even truer stories.


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