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. Famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond will discuss the film afterward with director Shirin Neshat and the film's cinematographer, Martin Gschlacht.
Writes the New York Times, "Every frame of Women Without Men and every image within those frames attest to the background of its first-time director, Shirin Neshat, as a photographer celebrated for her explorations of Islamic gender issues. This visually transfixing film, which originated as a video installation, has the feel of an exhibition of Ms. Neshat's work whose figures have stirred to life to play out a tragic feminist allegory."
Women Without Men is Shirin Neshat's independent film adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.
Don't miss this exclusive screening, followed by a lively film discussion and a reception.
Women Without Men screens in the monthly New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series, cosponsored by the Hollywood Foriegn Press Association. This series cosponsored by the Harmony Gold Theatre, the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood Bureau, Cinema Libre Studio, the UCLA Film & Television Archives, the Malibu Film Society and the Southeast European Film Festival. Proceeds benefit the Levantine Cultural Center's programming on interfaith tolerance. The LCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.