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Aufbruch im Iran

Short film programme with films by Iranian female directors

Around 1400 IRANIAN DIRECTORS are active worldwide in the fields of animation, documentary, experimental and feature films. "The desire for expression, the fight against oppression and the need to convey a message are the reasons for this growth. But why are male filmmakers still more present?" So asks Ghasideh Golmakani, filmmaker and curator. Together with Amin Farzanefar, she has put together a short film program that traces and addresses these issues. We are showing this program as part of our series Awakening in Iran, which began at the start of the year. The screenings will be followed by a discussion between Ghasideh Golmakani and Amin Farzanefar.

Roqiyeh Tavakoli Hanged 13 min // Parastou Cardgar Icky, 5` // Rojin Shafiei The Toaster I used to live in 7` // Sara Aghababayan Taxi is here 14` // Yasaman Hasani Moments and Forever 5' // Ghasideh Golmakani Horn 8` // Fatemeh Tousi The American Bull 15'

Drama CAN 2019, 13 min
Director: Roqiyeh Tavakoli
Parvaneh is 40 years old, weighs 300 pounds and has a hard time in everyday life. But there is something else ...

Animation IR 2019,6 min'
Director: Parastou Cardgar
Everyone wears a solved Rubik's cube instead of a head, but one child is somehow different.

The Toaster I Used to Live In
Documentary CAN 2016, 7 min
Directed by Rojin Shafiei
Four young women talk openly about their first extramarital sexual experiences.

Cab is here
Drama IR 2019 14 min
Directed by Sara Aghababayan
A mysterious woman in a cab: the driver looks familiar to her, so she invites him to her place - she wants to share a secret with him.

Moments and Forever
Animation IR/AU 2019 2 min
Director: Yaseman Hassani
A woman fights for her freedom and identity. As she dances through the whispering silhouettes of men, she continues unwaveringly on her path.

Drama IR 2018 8 min
Director: Ghasideh Golmakani
A Tehran woman urgently needs to find a parking space for her car. Men on the street disturb her concentration...

The American Bull
Fiction IR 2019, 15 min
Directed by Fatemeh Tousi
On the border with Iraq, the villagers raise cattle. The boy Saheb earns his money with the only American bull. A poetic film about a special friendship.

Ghasideh Golmakani (*in Tehran)
comes from a family of artists and journalists. At the age of 18, she went to Paris to study art history and cultural studies at the Sorbonne. After returning to Iran, she began making films. Her book about Ali Abbassi, an important pre-revolutionary film producer, was published in 2019; Golmakani also works internationally as a film curator. In her films, she mainly deals with taboos in traditional Iran - topics such as child abuse, harassment in public spaces and everyday violence against women in general.

"Even if you try to forget your gender and do your job, society violently reminds you of it in everyday life. I try to remind society of the destructive effects of this violence against women."

Amin Farzanefar (*1965 in Cologne) works as a cultural journalist, curator and lecturer, preferably on Middle Eastern cinema and the cinema of migration. He is co-founder of several film festivals and film series, including "Tüpisch Türkisch", "Mobile Urban Cinema" and the "Refugee's Cinema Project". Since 2014, he has programmed the Iranian film festival in Cologne, "Visions of Iran".

Short film program in cooperation with Visions of Iran. Iranian Film Festival Cologne.

Funded by: Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Rahmen von NEUE WEGE in Zusammenarbeit mit dem NRW KULTURsekretariat and Fonds Soziokultur e.V.



Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr