Women of the Sun: A Chronology of Seeing

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Iran
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Middle East
Religion & Spirituality
Rural Life & Agriculture
Women & Women's Stories
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Hamed Zolfaghari
Producer(s):Hamed Zolfaghari
Nina Amin Zadeh
Executive Producer(s):Marie Balducchi
Editor(s):Gladys Joujou
Cinematography:Video Group of Gojino (Women of the Sun)
Hamed Zolfaghari
Fatemeh Zolfaghari
Ramin Rouhani
Sound:Boris Chapelle


At the gateway to the Lut Desert, in the province of Kerman, Iran, the ancient caravanserai of Shafi Abad becomes the site of an unexpected video workshop. Director Hamed Zolfaghari provides a group of housewives with cameras, just as they’re starting to organize a co-operative to control every step of the fabrication and sale of their handicraft products. No longer reliant on middlemen or constrained by their rural identity, the women gain better incomes and more personal freedom, and they record, almost in real time, their own process of independence. “The day I picked up a camera, everything changed for me,” joyfully affirms a participant. As they document the changes in their lives, as well as the pushback from conservative villagers, Zolfaghari and the members of the Gojino cooperative give us a vibrant example of collaborative and empowering filmmaking. Charlotte Selb

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Co-presented with Farsi Cinema Center

International Spectrum program supported by
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