The camera of Iranian female director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad invites us into the 8th presidential elections of 2001. The film draws us into the vortex of all kinds of divergences and conflict, and conveys a vivid picture of how Iranian youth and Iranian women intervene to take part in the event and the context of the election. The film is largely divided into two parts: one part follows the youths in support of the reformist candidate Khatami, the other tenderly documents the life of a woman who wants to run for president.
The presidential campaign, crowded with over 700 candidates, seems to be the aggregate of current issues in Iranian society. In this turmoil the youths who make up two thirds of the Iranian population take to the streets in spite of the threats of terror. Distributing leaflets that appeal for support of Khatami, and opening up an instant debate with the older generation that has different political views, they carry a passion for reform and change, acting for the future of Iranian society.
Arezoo Bayat is a single mom with two divorces behind her. She is a 25-year-old who has to provide for her blind mother and her little daughter. In a harsh world where economic discrimination is forced upon women, and prejudices against single mothers hinders her renting a house, she is forced to fight for her home. The endless obstacles that she has to overcome in the process show in a nutshell the social and economic injustices that today’s Iranian women have to confront. (Joo You-shin)
Rakhshan Bani-EtemadRakhshan Bani-Etemad
Director, screenwriter Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was born in 1954 in Tehran. She received her B.A. in film directing from Dramatic Arts University in Tehran. She began her career as a documentary filmmaker for Iranian TV, and made her first feature film Off the Limits in 1987. Among her world-wide successful works, two films, Under the Skin of the City and Our Times were respectively screened at the 5th and 6th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. Having directed numerous features and documentaries, she has been considered as one of the representative filmmakers in contemporary Iranian Cinema.