Saturday 10 May – The Day I Became a Woman

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The Day I Became a Woman (Roozi ke zan shodam). Iran, 2000. Dir. Marzieh Meshkini.

A joint screening with Six Pillars

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Book Tickets – Saturday 10 May – 7pm – £3

A lush, cinematic masterpiece told in three parts by the mother of a renowned family of Iranian film-makers and writers: the Makhmalbafs (The Apple, Blackboards, Kandahar, The Gardener). This is the story of three stages in a woman’s life in Iran.

A young girl on her ninth birthday is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with just the day before because she is now a “woman”. From the perspective of a nine year old who does not feel like or know what that the label “woman” refers to, we see how this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends.

A young woman enters a bicycle race against her husband’s wishes. As first the husband and then increasing numbers of men from the village try to convince her to return home, the race begins to symbolize a freedom she desperately wants from the limitations which have been placed on her.

Finally, an old woman has come into some money and possibly outliving her spouse is now free to do what she wants with it. The way she chooses to use this freedom, however, makes one wonder just how free she is.

The absurd, the intense and the innocent all told with pure filmic simplicity in this unforgettable film from Iran.

This was an Open Slot filled by Fari Bradley and Six Pillars.

sixpillars.org is an online platform for Middle Eastern arts mainly Iranian, with a weekly radio show on UK’s art-music station Resonance104.4FM.

Fari Bradley is a London-based sound artist and composer who works with the artistic potential of radio.