Divorce Iranian Style at Alwan

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Date/Time: 25/05/2004 12:00 am

Alwan for the Arts presents
Tuesday May 25 at 6:30pm doors open at 6pm
Divorce Iranian Style
Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 1998, UK/Iran, 80′, video
in Farsi and English with English subtitles
followed with Q&A with Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini
$5 (donations are welcome too)
16 Beaver 4th floor
in the Financial District btwn Broadway & Broad by the bull on B’way
subway: 4,5 Bowling Green N,R Whitehall
2,3 Wall Street J,M,Z Broad Street 1,9 South Ferry
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Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in
an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate
circumstances of Iranian womens lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband
beats her; Ziba, a 16 year old trying to divorce her 38 year old husband;
and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters,
this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with
which they confront biased laws, a Kafakaesque administrative system, and
their husbands and families rage to gain divorces.
With the barest of commentary, Longinotto turns her cameras on the court
and lets it tell its own story. Dispelling images of Iran as a country of
war, hostages, and fatwas, and Iranian women as passive victims of a
terrible system, this film is a subtle, fascinating look at womens lives
in a country which is little known to most Americans. Directed by Kim
Longinotto, the acclaimed director of Dream Girls and Hidden Faces, and
Ziba Mir-Hosseini, author of Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family
San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Grand Prize for Best Documentary
Chicago Int’l Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award
Viewpoint Int’l Documentary Film Festival, Best Film
“A fascinating verite-style documentary that counters with compassion,
humor, and a keen nose for spotting empathetic characters, strong-willed
women, and dramatic moments, the traditional stereotypes of women in the
Muslim world as passive victims.”
Hamid Naficy
Author, The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles
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).
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