Afrooz is the star player of Iran’s futsal (indoor football) team. But she’s grounded and prevented from travelling to the Malaysian world cup by her soon-to-be ex-husband. A law requiring a husband’s permission stands between her and her dreams. Her fight for control of her life highlights the everyday battles faced by women in Iran that recalls the work of Jafar Panahi (Offside, Taxi Tehran).
Pairing a closely observed social drama with a race against the clock, Permission is an intimate portrait that is a brilliant showcase for Baran Kosari as she navigates her roles as sport star, independent woman and striver against male control.