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When are Films Political?: Women Without Men

When are Films Political?: Women Without Men

Women Without Men premiered in Venice in 2009, went on to Toronto and Sundance, was picked up by distributors around the world, including Indiepix for U.S. and still remains one of my all time favorites. It is so unknown here that any chance for a public to see it is special. It is the first film of Shirin Neshat ♀, a well know Iranian visual artist. Co-directed by Neshat’s partner Shoja Arari, Women Without Men (2009, 99′) is a political thriller and as such the film is highly relevant in our times—particularly in view of the June 2009 elections in Iran, and with the U.S. continually embroiled in neighboring Muslim countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA- and Mi5-backed coup d’état against the democratically-elected president, Mohammad Mossadegh, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
You can see the trailer here.

Jan 7 2011 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Harmony Gold Preview Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
ample parking underground and behind the bldg

Women Without Men
Special Event to Feature Cinematographers
Vilmos Zsigmond & Martin Gschlacht
and Director Shirin Neshat

On Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, 7:30 pm, the Levantine Cultural Center’s monthly New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series will present a special screening of visual artist Shirin Neshat’s first feature film, Women Without Men, winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Bear.
As critic Sheana Ochoa writes in the Levantine Review, “the film is a masterpiece of narrative poetry. Often its images are unforgettable.” Blogging for the New York Review of Books, Sarah Kerr notes that, “Neshat’s execution generates more suspense—there is a challenging sensuality in the faces she captures…she has a strong composing eye-her groupings of people are beautiful.” The New York Times called the film “visually transfixing.”

Women Without Men is Neshat’s independent film adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel. Previously known for her short videos, Shirin Neshat has been a figure in the art world since the 1990s. Her work frequently addresses the problem of women in the Islamic public sphere and issues of heroism, martydom, Islam and Christianity.
Don’t miss this exclusive screening, followed by a lively film discussion with special guests including famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in conversation with Women Without Men cinematographer Martin Gschlacht and director Shirin Neshat. The film discussion will be followed by a reception.

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