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Iranian Female Directors

05.05.2023 – 18.30 – Galeries

Iranian Women Directors: Multiple Realities in a Paradoxical Context

In the Western world, Iran is mainly known through the media or the cinema, and its image is often influenced by an “Orientalist” vision which distorts the multiplicity of realities of this complex and paradoxical society. While Iranian women seem sometimes oppressed, sometimes free, they have actually been taking action in the country for more than a hundred years. Those actions have reached an unprecedented peak in our days.

This programme of short films aims to show different points of view of Iranian women on issues that concern them directly. Through animation and fiction, these films look at the challenges of contemporary period and offer a glimpse into the place of women in Iranian society and beyond.

The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Fery Malek-Madani (Art Cantara asbl) and the directors Farnoosh Samadi (Gaze) and Ghasideh Golmakani (Horn).



Farnoosh Samadi

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2017 - 14'28'' - Color
On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.


Ghasideh Golmakani

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2018 - 8' - Color - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
A businesswoman tries to find a parking place to park her car, to be on time for an important work appointment. Men are disturbing her in the streets of Tehran but she finds a solution to conclude the business too...

The Visit

Azadeh Moussavi

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2019 - 14'00'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
A young girl and her mother are on their way to visiting the father in jail.


Yasaman Hasani

Pays Austria, Iran
Genre Animation
2018 - 5' - Color - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
LeftOver is a poetic journey of the filmmaker Yasaman Hasani, who shifted between two worlds: East and West. Having grown up in post-revolutionary Iran, she has lived in Austria for many years. In an experimental arrangement made up of two parts of her childhood and adulthood, she offers the audience insight into her personal experiences of gender-specific stereotypes in these cultures.


Sonia K Hadad

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2019 - 15' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
A teenage girl involves in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and she got stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

Halghaviz (Hanged)

Roqiye Tavakoli

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2019 - 13' - Color - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
A 40-year-old woman who weighs 300 pounds is working as a hangman in the Yazd province in Iran.

The Zoo

Nafiseh Zare

Pays Iran
Genre Fiction
2022 - 17'00'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
Among the animals in the zoo, Ra'na is looking for the deer she saw in her dream, and her mother is looking for an opportunity to tell her important news.