Set in a tight-knit, extremely conservative island community off the Southern coast of Iran where all women wear burkas, this film begins as an investigation into the suicide of a woman ...
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Set in a tight-knit, extremely conservative island community off the Southern coast of Iran where all women wear burkas, this film begins as an investigation into the suicide of a woman named Samireh. Her husband callously says that while he cares about the lives of his kids, women's lives are cheap. However, the women Oskouei interviews - many of whom were married off at age 12 or 13 - stand up for themselves and discuss their difficult existences. Oskouei relies mostly on close-up or medium-shot interviews, and as usual, displays his gift for framing people dynamically in tight spaces.Written by
"Az pase borghe," or "The Other Side of the Burka," as this documentary is known in English, is a very poignant story of how fanaticism combined with poverty always leads to oppression, particularly of women. Shot on the southern Iranian island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, it shows how women must endure wearing a "burka." This is a leather mask that presses against the eyebrows and nose and ends just above the mouth. The documentary begins with the funeral of a young woman who hangs herself from a fan. Interviewing the dead woman's husband, family and then friends, filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouel, gradually weaves together the story of how the women of the island are fighting an constant battle for their dignity, their beauty and their very survival. This documentary is another example of how Iran's film industry is willing to tackle any issue. If I'm not mistaken, "The Other Side of the Burka" has deservedly won several international awards.
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