Alwan – Ziba Mir-Hosseini screening + discussion

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Date/Time: 01/05/2004 12:00 am

Saturday May 1 at 5:30pm
 Runaway | farari
 Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Iran, 2001, 87′, video
 in Farsi and English with English subtitles
 followed with Q&A with Ziba Mir-Hosseini
 $5 (larger donations are welcome too)
16 Beaver 4th floor
in the Financial District btwn Broadway & Broad by the bull on B’way
4,5 Bowling Green  
N,R Whitehall
2,3 Wall Street  
J,M,Z Broad Street  
1,9 South Ferry
 see also: http://alwan.org/info
‘Runaway’ is a powerful and heart-breaking documentary about a group
of young runaway girls who are taken to a women’s shelter in
Tehran-Iran. The film focuses on the sufferings of young girls who
struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of
their families, mainly their fathers, brothers, and stepfathers — a
subject rarely touched upon by Iranian filmmakers. The sisterly
feelings of the girls towards each other, their spiritual strength,
their courage to rebel, and their wit are shown with a great degree
of compassion and empathy in the film. The filmmakers have
beautifully criticized the patriarchal system of family and the
destructive power of male family members over the lives of their
daughters and sisters. Although the film focuses on the poor
uneducated families, one can imagine that the issue of confinement
and abuse goes beyond the issue of class when it comes to the problem
of domestic violence and the desire to control women through anger,
aggression, and madness. – Mehrnaz Saeed, Columbia College
Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini is an independent consultant, researcher and
writer on Middle Eastern issues, specialising in gender, family
relations, Islam, law and development. She obtained her PhD in Social
Anthropology in 1980 at the University of Cambridge; and between 1990
and 1993 she held a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.
She is currently Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York
University and a Research Associate at the Department of Social
Anthropology, University of Cambridge and at the Centre for Near and
Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London.
Dr Mir-Hosseini is the author of Marriage on Trial: A Study of
Islamic Family Law in Iran and Morocco (I. B. Tauris, 1993), Islam
and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran (Princeton
University Press, 1999; I. B. Tauris, 2000), and most recently
Feminism and the Islamic Republic: Dialogues with the Ulema
(Princeton University Press, 1999). She has also produced with Kim
Longinotto, two feature-length documentaries on contemporary issues
in Iran: the multiple-award winning Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and
Runaway (2001).
about the movie
about Ziba Mir-Hosseini
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