Sahand and Leila weren’t asking for much when they fled their native Iran in 2012.
As Leila explains during one of many interviews during Eva Mulvad’s aching and intimate documentary “Love Child,” the couple wasn’t looking for a good life elsewhere; they just wanted the chance for a normal one, where their relationship and the very existence of their son Mani wasn’t a death sentence.
Nearly a decade ago, the couple and Mani left behind everything and everyone they knew to escape to Turkey, convinced that their adulterous relationship was going to get them killed.
As Sahand explains in the film, he can still remember incidents during his childhood when people guilty of his same apparent crimes were stoned or hung in public, murdered by the Iranian government for their life choices.
Yes, they were right to run, but were they right to believe that life elsewhere would be at all better?
“Love Child” recently screened at DOC NYC.
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