Women on Both Sides of the Camera
Director: Mahshad Afshar
Runtime: 95 minutes
Benefiting from a wide range of rare archive materials, this feature-length documentary focuses on one century of the representation of women in Iranian cinema. Looking at the formation of the Iranian film industry and its relationship with socio-political events, the film narrates the challenges of women who chose this controversial and unorthodox career in Iran’s patriarchal society and the consequences that they were faced as a result of their choice. It also highlights the integral role that female filmmakers have played in Iranian cinema to tell women’s stories, to challenge the tradition, sharia law, and ultimately to overcome the suppression of female authority on screen.