Women in Iran: Short Films I

Friday, Nov 12, 2021, 17.30 hrs

Selection: Ghasideh Golmakani

Approximately 2000 short films are made in Iran every year. The short form presents all facets of current Iranian cinema – social milieus, private abysses, secret fantasies… Filmmaker and curator Ghasideh Golmakani has selected from the works of Iranian female short film directors.

Ghasideh Golmakani comes from a family of artists and journalists. At 18, she went to Paris to study art history and cultural studies at the Sorbonne. After returning to Iran, she started making films. In her films, she mainly deals with taboos in traditional Iran such as child abuse, harassment in public spaces or daily violence against women. In 2019, her book about Ali Abbassi, an important pre-revolutionary film producer, was published. Golmakani works – also internationally – as a film curator. In 2020/21, she put together two short film programs for Visions of Iran.

Fiction IR 2019, 13′
Director: Roqiyeh Tavakoli.
Parvaneh is 40 years old, weighs 300 pounds and has a hard time in everyday life. But there is something else…

Fiction IR 2019,14′
Director: Marjan Hashemi
Soodeh has feelings for her classmate. The gym teacher finds out about it, gets jealous and threatens to report this forbidden love to the school principal.

Fiction IR 2018, 8′
Director: Ghasideh Golmakani
A Tehran woman urgently needs to find a parking space for her car. Men on the street disturb her concentration.

The American Bull
Fiction IR 2019, 15′
Director: Fatemeh Tousi
In the borderlands with Iraq, the villagers raise cattle. The boy Saheb earns his money from the only American bull. A poetic film about a special friendship.

Animation IR 2019, 7′
Director: Maliheh Gholamzadeh.
A delicate animation about “escape”: the loss of home, memories and people we find hard to let go.

Absent Wound
Docu-Experimental GB 2018, 9′
Director: Maryam Tafakory
In “Zoorkhane” – a traditional “gym” for men – a young woman ponders her physicality.

Cannot be streamed for legal reasons.

Taxi Téhéran
Documentary IR 2012, 3′
Experimental Documentary
Director: Afsaneh Chehregosha

Granddad Was a Romantic
Animation GB 2019, 5′
Director: Maryam Mohajer
A child tells how his grandpa first comes across a picture of his grandmother and recognizes in her the love of his life.

Screenings ended on Sunday evening. The film can be purchased and viewed online from Monday the 15th through Sunday the 21st of November as “Video on Demand” here. Ticket purchase is possible from Monday 12:00.
The American Bull
Absent Wound
Grandad Was a Romantic