A documentary film about the Iranian cinema by non-Persian speaking film
critiques. This documentary film explains the reasons for the
success of Iranian films outside of Iran.
2nd film: Shirn Neshat
There is a palpable energy in Shirin Neshat's films, an almost tangible
seduction obviating the violence it borders, deeply rooted in the historical
culture she would ultimately have to call "home."
As an artist living in New York and from there addressing a global
audience, Shirin Neshat quietly corrodes the most violent metaphysical
imperative assumptions about the nature and function of an "Islamic"
Enduring assumptions of what constitutes an "Islamic woman" are at once
domestic to that culture and colonially crafted on it. With a singular
strike of creative genius, Shirin Neshat manages to target both of these
divergent yet colliding agents.
The history of Shirin Neshat's bodily portrayals of this "Islamic woman"
is the unwritten chronicle of a mute and concealed femininity. Her
photographs and films show and tell what has been forbidden to show and
That she manages to do this without violating the bodily codes of an
"Islamic woman" marks the site of her creative imagination.
75 minutes Type:
Art and Cinema in Iran Language: English
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