Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
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Profession: Documentarist

Seven female documentarians from Iran review their personal stories and the obstacles they had to go through in order to devote themselves to a profession that, after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, has gained epic proportions. The intimate, confessional shorts in Profession: Documentarist (a title that references Antonioni’s Professione: Reporter) have the intimacy of a life journal and are marked by war, censorship, persecution, religion, and misogyny. And also by the nostalgia for a childhood that, from reminiscence, seems like a distant, idealized land. The women gathered are seven heroines driven by the need to reveal their private worlds and denounce public injustices, in spite of the consequences –from the questioning of the mutilation of female mannequins in a store in Teheran and the vindication of censored singers (such as the nostalgic Googoosh) to the uncertainty on whether it’s better to migrate or, rather, to resist in their country of origin. “We have films we can only make in our minds,” confesses director Farahnaz Sharifi in her segment. This is, fortunately, not one of them. ANR

Título original: Herfeh, mostanadsaz
Spanish title: Profesión: Documentalista
Year: 2014
Format: DM
Color: Color
Minutes: 80
Seconds: 0

D: Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei

G: S. Barghnavard, F. Khosrovani, F. Sharifi, M. Keshavarz, S. Abtahi, S. Salahshoor, N. Rezaei  

F: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah  

E: S. Barghnavard, F. Sharifi, S. Abtahi, A. Mehdizadeh, N. Rezaei  

S: Mani Hashemian  

P: Nahid Rezaei, Shirin Barghnavard


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