In collaboration with Marziyeh Riahi, editor in chief of Short Film News, we are pleased to present two programmes with new Iranian films thematizing gender and identity in Iran. The programmes are screened Friday and Saturday.
Iran is complex and many-layered, and with our focus on contemporary Iranian short film we invite you into a contradictory landscape between what can and cannot be expressed in Iranian society. We wish to draw attention to short films that engage in discussions on social issues - discussions that are not limited to Iran, but find powerful resonance in Norway and in the rest of the world. The films in the programme provide different perspectives on gender, identity and sexuality, and aim to reflect the diversity of genres and aesthetic traditions that can be found in Iranian Cinema.
The selection aims highlight women filmmakers in Iran, and the relative gender equality found in Iranian film production. While male filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi or Asghar Farhadi readily come to mind when thinking about Iranian Cinema from a Western point of view, prominent female filmmakers like Rakshan Bani-Etemad, Tahmineh Milani, Samira Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshkini have been successful in the European festival circuit. Of the twelve films in our selection, seven are directed by women, and women hold creative roles in several of the remaining films.
Marziyeh Riahi presents Iran Now 1. The films in this programme are fiction, documentary, and animation. They explore the confining function of social and cultural norms, and points towards expressions of identity and women’s social issues on the very edge of what has been defined as acceptable.
Minimalen presents Iran Now 2. The films in this programme are mainly fiction films that together provide short glimpses of the lives of women who find themselves in situations where their opportunities are limited through harassment, objectification or through other more or less subtle forms of social control.
Marziyeh Riahi is an Iran-based filmmaker and curator. Together with Marjan Riahi she started Short Film News in 2004, the first independent news network for short film and documentary in Iran and Asia. The award-winning site is a network for the promotion of filmmakers and film events in Iran, as well as a channel for introducing and making available Iranian shorts and documentaries to international film festivals and other exhibition venues.
IRN 2017 | Fic. | 22 min.
Director: Shahrzad Dadgar
En historie om tre kvinner i en frisørsalong - Pegah gjør seg klar for bryllupet sitt når forloveden hennes ringer og setter henne i en vanskelig situasjon, Shahla er gravid og bekymrer seg for farens reaksjon når han får beskjed, og Haydedeh får et overraskende besøk av sin eksmann som tenker å forlate landet.
A story of three women in a hair salon - Pegah is getting ready for her wedding when her fiancé puts her in a difficult situation, Shahla is pregnant and worries about the father’s reaction when he finds out, and Haydedeh gets a surprise visit from her ex-husband who is leaving the country.
IRN 2017 | Doc. | 15 min.
Director: Forough Rezaei
Ifølge iransk lov er homoseksualitet kriminelt. For å omgå dette problemet finnes en lov som gjør det lovlig for iranere å gjennomgå en kjønnsskifteoperasjon. I denne dokumentaren møter vi Arsham, en homofil kvinne.
According to Islamic Republic law, homosexuality is a crime. To normalize Iranian society, there is a law which allows Iranian homosexuals to do a legal sex change operation. In this documentary we meet Arsham, a homosexual woman.