The Day I Became a Woman

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Date/Time: 28/11/2006 12:00 am

This movie will be screened in video. See also
An interview with Mrs Mishkini and some pictures





Tuesday 28th November 6:30pm
The Day I Became a Woman / ozi keh zan shodam
Marzieh Meshkini, Iran, 2000. 78 minutes
Lindsay Rogers Room (Rm707) SIPA Building, Columbia University
Marziyeh Meshkini makes an extraordinary directorial debut in a film
that explores what it means to be a woman in modern Iran. Alternately
funny, surreal, and heartbreaking, The Day I Became a Woman was written
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of the masters of the new Iranian cinema.
Sponsors: Middle East Institute, Iranians at SIPA and Safaa
Persian dinner from Ravagh will be served.
This event is free and open to the public
Tip for Roshanak
The School of International and Public Affairs: Amsterdam Av @ 118th St
>From the subway on Broadway at 116, walk across the campus to Amsterdam,
make a left, go one short block and cross the street. SIPA is the tall
building at the corner.
Subway: 1/9 to 116th St
Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/international_affairs.html


Iranian director Marziyeh Meshkini’s visually striking film
relates, with masterful subtlety and compassion, the stories of
three women and three generations, incorporating one of the most
powerful socio-political messages of all time, and rendering it
the social responsibility of all those immediately present who
have eyes and ears to witness. The limitless possibilities and
multifaceted interpretations of this film allow one to read it as
a most sincerely humanized portrait of three individuals in three
phases of life and three understandings of individuality and the
myriad of social constraints upon it. Likewise, Meshkini’s film
and its message may be read as a life-affirming tribute to the
courage of women, in Iran and the entire world , and the freedoms
that must be won only through realized struggle – individual and
collective – and stubborn refusal to succumb to despair.
It is made quite apparent throughout the film the respect
Meshkini has for her viewers and their abilities to create their
own interpretations through their life experiences and
interactions with these same social phenomena, while preserving
the richness found in each woman’s story, interweaving and
relating each to the others so as to make apparent the unity of a
life experience from the freedoms enjoyed in childhood, those
relentlessly fought for later in life, and those realized with
age and the coming of death.
Episode 1: Havva (Eve)
On the morning of the day she turns 9, Havva is kept from joining her
friends to play outside of the house. She is warned by her mother and
grandmother that she has become a woman. Learning that she was born at
noon, Havva insists she should be given another hour to go out as a
girl one last time.
Episode 2: Ahoo (Gazelle)
A young woman is competing in a women’s biking race in an island as she
is persistently pursued by her husband, in-laws, and the elders of her
clan. While riding on their horses to catch up with her, they all try
to persuade her to return to her family life.
Episode 3: Houra (Black-eyed Beauty)
An old lady in a wheelchair lands in an island airport and hires a
local young boy to assist her in a shopping spree in search of what
she’s always needed.
Director: Marziyeh Meshkini
Screenplay (in Farsi): Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Marziyeh Meshkini
Principal Cast: Fatemeh Cheragh Akhar, Shabnam Toloui, Cyrus Kahourinejad
Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Hassan Nabehan, Ameneh Passand, Azizeh Sedighi
Photography (Color): Ebrahim Ghafori, Mohammad Ahmadi
Producer: Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran)
Production: Makhmalbaf Film House
Edition: Maysam Makhmalbaf & Shahrzad Poya
Sound: Behrouz Shahamat.
Sets: Akbar Meshkini
Music: Mohammad Reza Darvishi
US Distributor: Shooting Gallery www.sgfilmseries.com
New York premiere: MOMA, New Directors Series, March 24 2001
2000 Chicago International Film Festival (Best First Film)
2000 Films From The South Festival (Norway) (FIPRESCI Prize)
2000 London International Film Festival
2000 Montreal Film Festival of New Media
2000 Pusan Film Festival (Best Film – Asian Filmmakers
Section of 1st and 2nd Films)

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