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FILMS

Women of the Sun: A Chronology of Seeing

Femeile Soarelui: O cronologie a privirii

74 films in 13 categories
Hamed Zolfaghari
Iran, France
86'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

Persian

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Les Femmes du soleil, une chronologie du regard

CATEGORY

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF GENDER EQUALITY

synopsis

The caravansary of “1001 nights” isn’t the resting place for weary travelers anymore - instead, in Hamed Zolfaghari’s film, it turns into a oasis of liberation from the toxic preconceptions concerning women’s purpose in the world. ”The Women of the Sun” are indeed solar presences: taking their fate (literally!) into their own hands, they start a peaceful, but no less stubborn revolution, by creating a handicraft cooperative and earning their living without anyone’s help. More than this, they begin to document their journey along the film and, aided by the director, they establish the basis of a local movement which busts the myth of women depending on the norms instituted by a world of men. The camera becomes an instrument of emancipation and a tool for expressing one’s own identity, a mediator between the interdictions orchestrated by a patriarchal society and the search for personal freedom. Swimming against the current and against the skeptical fellow villagers, the women don’t succeed in moving mountains out of their place, but their struggle manages to disturb the comfort within which underestimation and the lack of gender equality have dwelt for centuries on end. (by Andreea Chiper)

awards and festivals

Hot Docs Film Festival Canada 2020 - World Premiere

Montreal Documentary Film Festival 2020
Women Worlds Film Festival Germany 2020

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