‘Women Without Men’

Yesterday 09/11/09, I went to my first TIFF movie by Shirin Neshat, ‘Women Without Men’… I am very pleased with the movie especially the political and visual aspects of it. It is one of those movies that must be seen by groups of people in order to have discussions afterwards. I can not think of the best word to describe how breathtaking each scene was directed in this movie; the visuall aspects were extremly appealing and well done!

The movie is a metaphor of all the Iranians’ struggle for freedom and a democratic government. It is especially dedicated to those who have fought for democracy since the Constitution of 1903 to the Green Movement of 2009. I love how the movie takes place in summer of 1953 during coop of Mossadegh by the British and U.S and showed the secular and conservative religious culture of the Iranians which up to even today this culture still takes place.

Yesterday, Shirin Neshat told The Daily Star that “this film speaks to the Iranian people and to the world: for over 100 years we have been constantly fighting for democracy and we will not give up…”  :)

I was very excited when she came on the stage after the movie and gave few comments about her movie! She’s an amazing artist and I hope her movie influences Iranians in/outside of Iran!

Shoja Azary (writer of the movie), Shahrnush Parsipur (write of the novel Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat (write and director of the movie)
Shoja Azary (writer of the movie), Shahrnush Parsipur (writer of the novel Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat (writer and director of the movie) --TIFF 2009

Shirin Neshat --.tiff 2009
Shirin Neshat --TIFF 2009

Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azary --TIFF 2009
Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azary --TIFF 2009

Shoja Azary,
Shoja Azary, Shahrnush Parsipur, Shirin Neshat and can't remember the other guys name -- TIFF 2009
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