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Love and Marriage

There are many conceptions and misconceptions about the position of women in Iran. In four nights and four films you are invited to contemplate the position of women in Iran from very different angles.
Each film screening starts with a short lecture, followed by the film and afterwards a discussion moderated by Asghar Seyed-Gohrab.
Dr Asghar Seyed-Gohrab is Senior University Lecturer and track leader of Persian Studies at Leiden University. He is specialized in Persian Culture and Islamic mysticism and spirituality.

WED|5|09: Be Like Others OR Shirin

The documentary Be Like Others (2007, 74 min), directed by Tanan Eshaghian, recounts the stories of several Iranian lesbians and homosexuals who opt for a sex change operation in order to avoid legal prosecution.
Shirin (2008, 92 min) by Abbas Kiarostami, in which he pays tribute to Iranian women. There are 114 women forming an audience who are watching the love story of Shirin, the paragon of an ideal woman in Persian culture.

WED|19|09: Sonita

The documentary Sonita (2015, 90 min), directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, is about an Afghan girl who reflects on her own position as an illegal female Afghan refugee in Iran, ordained to marry a much older man. Her medium is rap music.

WED|17|10: Marriage Iranian Style

Marriage Iranian Style (2006, 110 min), is a romantic comedy directed by Hassan Fathi, which is about an American man who falls in love with an Iranian woman, creating many comic situations showing the limitations and possibilities of such a love relationship.

WED|31|10: Women without Men

Women Without Men (2009, 95 min) by Shirin Neshat, based on the Parsipur’s novel, depicts how women from different social classes dream of an ideal world.

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