Film - Feature | September 29 | 6-7:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first feature from Marziyeh Meshkini (Mohsen Makhmalbafs wife) is an intense, allegorical triptych covering the challenges of life as a woman in Iran. Whether depicting a girl separated from her male playmates when she becomes a woman, a surreal bicycle race between chador-clad young women, or an elderly widow on a shopping expedition, Meshkini highlights systems of possession and oppression, as well as moments of resistance. Putting a defiantly feminist spin on the Makhmalbaf Film Houses adept blend of documentary realism and dreamlike fable, The Day I Became a Woman is an astonishing directorial debut (Stephen Holden, New York Times).
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