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The ladies room [electronic resource] / directed by Mahnaz Afzali.

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Other Title:
The ladies
Zananeh
Publication:
Iran : Iranian Independents, 2003.
Series:
Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (55 min.).
Subjects:
Women -- Iran.
Women -- Iran -- Social conditions.
Women -- Iran -- Social life and customs.
Feminism -- Iran.
Muslim women -- Iran.
Iran -- Social conditions -- 1997-.
Tehran (Iran).
Form/Genre:
Ethnographic films.
Documentary films.
Language:
This edition in Farsi, western (Persian) with English subtitles.
Summary:
Filmed in a woman's restroom located in a public park in Iran's metropolitan center of Tehran, this documentary explodes Western stereotyping of women in Iran. The elder who runs the washroom offers a shoulder to cry on or tough love in a place where women, many of them especially marginalized because they are prostitutes, addicts or runaways, feel safe enough to remove their veils, and draw on cigarettes and their opinions on a wide range of subjects that men cannot hear them speaking about: sex, family abuse, relationships, drugs, religion and self-mutilation. The director (and admired actress) supplies the audience with an unflinching, detailed examination of the lives of the women who use the restroom as a gathering place. Mary Kerr, Programming Director of Silverdocs, highly praises the way private conversations establish community: "Never before have I been so surprised by a film's candor and honesty. The Ladies' Room is an amazing testament to Mahnaz Afzali's restraint as a filmmaker as she steps into the background and lets these women, who are second-class citizens in Iran, be themselves - totally unrestrained and surprisingly progressive." Awards/Festivals: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2004; Vienna International Film Festival 2004; Adelaide Film Festival 2005.
Notes:
Title from title frames (Ethnographic video online, viewed Feb. 6, 2014).
Recorded in Tehran, Iran.
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2014. (Ethnographic video online, volume 2). Available via World Wide Web.
Contributor:
Afzali, Mahnaz, 1964- , Director
Alexander Street Press.
OCLC:
877880106
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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