INTRODUCTION: In Teheran, there's been a wedding in jail for 80 convicts.
SV PAN Brides seated in penitentiary awaiting wedding ceremony
SV Bride and groom giving details to officials (singing in background)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Wedding cake
SV ZOOM INTO CU Bride receiving wedding ring from mother
SV Brides seated during ceremony
SV Brides receiving coins
TV Wedding cake is cut and pieces handed out
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Teheran, there's been a wedding in jail for 80 convicts. Forty brides--an assortment of drunkards, prostitutes and other condemned criminals -- wore pink with white headscarves, and some of them wept. The 40 bridegrooms -- mainly thieves, robbers and drug dealers -- smiled happily as they were married in the Iranian capital's Quasr Penitentiary.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held to celebrate the birthday of the 10th century Imam Mahdi, the religious leader who Iran's majority Shi'ite Moslems believe will return one day to establish justice in the world.
The celebrations also included the release by Ayatollah Khomeini of 485 other prisoners from jails throughout the country. Many of them were imprisoned during Iran's struggle against corruption.
It only took two minutes for each couple to step into married life. The nuptials were carried out two mullahs before a congregation of 250 convicts, prison officials and relatives of the newly-weds.
The prison authorities themselves arranged marriages between 17 of the inmates and promised to release them soon. The Iranian police bought the wedding cake and wished a happy life to the couples. The newly-weds were then taken to another prison where special honeymoon flats were waiting for them.