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The Day I Became a woman

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Le Jour où je suis devenue une femme

The Day I Became a woman

(Roozi ke zan shodam)

by Marzieh Meshkini


Focus on iranian cinema 

Le Jour où je suis devenue une femme

Director: Marzieh Meshkini

Scriptwriter: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinematographer: Ebrahim Ghafori, Mohamad Ahmadi

Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Sound: Beyrouz Shahamat, Abbas Rastgarpour

Music: Mohamad Reza Darvishi

Cast: Fatomeh Tcheraghakhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shabnam Toluoi, Sirous Kahvarinegad, Azizeh Sadighi, Badr Iravani

Production: Makhmalbaf Film House

Bac Films
88 rue de la Folie Mericourt
75011 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2000

Screening: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 78 min, 
OV Farsi with French Subtitles.

Venise Film Festival 2000
Jury Prize  3 Continents Film Festival - Nantes 2000

Three gznzrations of women are portrayed in this film. Hava is going to meet her boyfriend when her grandmother reminds her that she is nine years old today and therefore, she can't go and play with her friends anymore. Her mother presents her with her very first black chador. Being born only at noon, she manages to extend her freedom for a few more moments. Dozens of young girls, ail wearing chadors, are competing in a cycle race. The husband of one of them orders her to withdraw and threatens to repudiate her if she doesn't give up. The young woman doesn't listen to him and keeps on cycling. Her husband cornes back with wise men from the village. She still refuses to obey him. Finally, her brothers make her stop cycling. In Kish, in Southern Iran, an elderly woman gets off a plane. She asks a young porter to accompany her in a nearby shopping centre. Having recently come into an inheritance, she decides to buy all that she never could afford during her poor life. Several young porters display these treasures on the beach.


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