Before the Islamic Revolution in Iran, women's lives were strongly determined by two contradictory factors: the traditional patriarchy and the shah's modernisation policies. This film-excerpt collage starts in 1932 – the year the first Iranian film with sound was made – and ends in 1979 revealing how, during this period, women were depicted by generally male film directors.

Melodramas on love and deceit, arranged marriages and polygamy alternated with thrillers about independent women, social dramas that critiqued the degradation of women and moral comedies in which, for instance, amended family laws that gave women the right to divorce their husbands drove the plot. The compilation ends with images of a strong, combative woman from The Ballad of Tara by Bahram Bayzai, which was released in 1979 and immediately banned.

Original title
Zan beh ravayat-e mard
Filmmaker
Saeed Nouri
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Iran
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Persian
Producer
Saeed Nouri
Production Company
Wings of Desire Institute
Sales
DreamLab Films
Writer
Saeed Nouri
Editor
Saeed Nouri
Sound Design
Naeim Meschian