Iran is producing some exciting films today. However, one of its industry’s most fascinating contradictions is that contrary to the percieved status of women in Iran, the number of female filmmakers, who produce exceptional works, is constantly increasing.
Production Country: England
Directors: Hamid Khairoldin; Majid Khabazan
Producers: Hamid Khairoldin; Majid Khabazan
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The documentary “Iranian Women Filmmakers”, an independent production, directed and produced by Hamid Khairoldin and Majid Khabazan, had been nominated for the best documentary at the Montreal Film Festival. The film has been screened in a number of European and American local channels.
In this documentary we have gathered some of the most well-established Iranian female directors and actors as well as scholars and film critics from Britain to unveil the reasons behind this phenomena. In this 58-minute documentary, women directors and actresses will speak about their incentives and motives for making their films. The main shootings have been set in London and Tehran. In this film, women directors such as Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Tahmineh Milani, Shirin Neshat, and new comers such as Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Niki Karimi and Samira Makhmalbaf are presented.
Moreover, critics and scholars such as Laura Mulvey, Sheila Whitaker and Rose Issa have given their views on the films made by Iranian women until 2004.
Apart from screening carefully selected clips and scenes of films of these directors, some behind the scenes footage have also been inserted in the documentary. In few cases the camera follows their daily lives in Iran.
English with subtitles for Persian interviews and video clips.
(subtitles in other languages can be produced on request)
Quotes from the film:
“I have not become a filmmaker for the sake of cinema. I found cinema the best way for presenting social issues.” Rakhshan Bani Etemad
“I think that Iran at the moment is a sort of beacon, because what a lot of the filmmakers have said over the years is that I am going to make the film I want to make, not what I think the audiences want to see. Granted at the moment that there are some suggestions in Iran that the leading filmmakers are making films for festivals and not for the Iranian audiences, but I am not sure to what extent that might or might not be true.” Sheila Whitaker
I think that the impact that the Iranian cinema has had in the outside world has been very considerable, and obviously the great directors have had a very considerable impact.” Prof. Laura Mulvey
About the creators
Hamid Khairoldin has directed:
“Fav, the Enemy’s Artery”(1986)
“The Courier” (1987)
“The Promised Moment” (1988)
include “wild Gazelle” (1992)
“Prostration on Water” (1997)
Majid Khabazan has produced and researched for:
He has also produced and directed
documentary series such as:
“Life in the City” (1999-2000)
numerous TV productions and documentaries since 2004