Human Rights/Social Justice
Masahiro Kobayashi Films
South Asian/Southeast Asian
IRANIAN NEW WAVE: OUR TIMES AND LETTERS IN THE WIND
Get inside the real Iran with two 2002 films from cutting-edge Iranian filmmakers. Despite being officially barred from leaving Iran's borders, Ali-Reza Amini's
Letters in the Wind
(76 mins) has earned international acclaim as a standout of the Iranian New Wave. The film follows a young man as he performs his military service at a camp near Tehran. A smuggled tape recorder with a recording of a woman's voice is the only lifeline that he and his comrades have to the cheerful world outside of their barracks. With its beautiful imagery and lingering themes, Amini's film is "a captivating tale of desire" (
Toronto Film Festival
). This is joined by
(75 mins.), a fascinating documentary from one of the most outspoken and respected female directors working in Iran, Rakshan Bani-Etemad. Her film focuses on the Iranian elections of 2002 and the role of women in Iranian society. The filmmaker follows a group of women who run for office and gradually narrows her view to the plight of one woman who attempts an heroic but unsuccessful run for the presidency. "An unforgettable picture" (
). In Farsi with English subtitles.
Ali-Reza Amini/Rakhshan Bani-Etemad---Iran---2002---151 mins.
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