Women's voice grows stronger in Iranian cinema

Women's voice grows stronger in Iranian cinema
Published: 28 December 2011 - 8:59 a.m.
By: Chris Newbould

Increased participation of women in filmmaking is a welcome change for Iranian cinema, Tehran-based actor-filmmaker Azar Faramarzi has claimed.

Faramarzi's short film Loneliness was screened at the Asian Film Festival on Monday. "The effects of globalisation, among other things, are apparent in modern Iranian society and these are finding novel reflections in Iranian cinema," she said during a press conference.

"It is my first film. It is a true story of a depressed wife, whose constant nagging leads to her idle husband's suicide," Faramarzi said. Her second film, 'Orange Dress,' in its post-production stage, is based on a worker's struggles in urban Iran.

"This is a social problem back home. I like to observe people's lives around me and prefer to make films based on reality," she said.

Faramarzi added: "Several actresses in Iran are now making films. Iranian women have become much stronger. Many Iranian women, too, are becoming financially independent by doing jobs in various fields."

"We are allowed to say anything we want about the society, but we have to be aware and take responsibility for what we say, because our government is very religious. But these very limitations have made directors stronger and they are making films that have found acclaim internationally," Faramarzi said.

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