Director(s): Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari. Cast: Shabnam Toloui, Orsolya Tóth, Essa Zahir, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad. 95 min. Germany, Austria, France. Rated
A bold and powerful story, unfolding during CIA's 1953 coup in Iran (which destroyed any chance of democracy in the region till this day), the film's narrative of four women representing Iran's social classes of the time, initially presents as a dark feminist criticism of male oppression. But look again. Ironically, the society is culturally demolished, not by the "imperialist" aggressor, but by the victims of aggression. The most poignant metaphor is a mute prostitute (as the personification of freedom), raped several times a day by her own people, and finally dying as intellectuals dine with army generals next door.