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Zanan Bedoone Mardan - Women without Men
Feature Film, DE/AT/FR/IR 2009, 99 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2010

Director: Shirin Neshat
Script: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari (nach einer Vorlage von Shahrnush Parsipur)
Cast: Pega Ferydoni, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Tóth, Arita Sharzad u.a.
Camera: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: George Cragg, Jay Rabinowitz, Julia Wiedwald u.a.
Location Sound: Uve Haussig
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Production Design: Katharina Wöppermann, Shahram Karimi
Producers: Susanne Marian, Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober
Production: coop99 filmproduktion
Co-production: Essential Filmproduktion (DE), Société Parisienne de Production (FR)


Tehran, the summer of 1953. Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister is overthrown in a CIA coup. Based on themes from “Women without Men” (Shahrnush Parsipur), in her début film, Shirin Neshat sketches portraits of very different women, whose stories however are tightly intertwined. In a country of contradictions they are all still determined and striving for freedom, expressed in slightly different ways.

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