The Day I Became a Woman
(Rouzi keh zan shodam)
Imported 35mm Print
Fatemeh Cheragh Akhar, Shabnam Toloui, Azizeh Sedighi,
The first feature from Marziyeh Meshkini (Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s wife) is an intense, allegorical triptych covering the challenges of life as a woman in Iran. Whether depicting a girl separated from her male playmates when she “becomes a woman,” a surreal bicycle race between chador-clad young women, or an elderly widow on a shopping expedition, Meshkini highlights systems of possession and oppression, as well as moments of resistance. Putting a defiantly feminist spin on the Makhmalbaf Film House’s adept blend of documentary realism and dreamlike fable, The Day I Became a Woman is “an astonishing directorial debut” (Stephen Holden, New York Times).