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Like A Woman

By Mojgan Ilanlu
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Original Title: Maesle Yek Zan
Genre: |
Running Time: 73 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 25
Country of origin: Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Original version: Persian (Farsi)
Available in: Persian (Farsi)
Subtitled in: English
Screening format: DCP, Blu-Ray
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2016

Faezeh Hahsemi  daughter of the Iran’s powerful president, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.​ is the most news making woman in the Islamic republic’s history. She was at first, only, known as the courageous daughter of the Iran’s powerful president, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. But quickly she became an independent character and turned into one of the most influential individuals in the world of politics in Iran  with her speeches about Baha’i in Iran and also with her protests against the election​ in Ahmadi Nejhad Time.​ Like A Woman is about Faezeh and her believes and her private life as daughter of Islamic President.

Director’s Motivation:
One of the most difficult things, in the world of documentaries, is to make a film about a famous figure whom all the people think they know everything about him or her.When that famous figure, who is part of Iran’s most controversial political family, has decided for the very first time to trust a director and let her into her life, one should immediately grasp the opportunity and not lose it.This golden opportunity that was making a documentary about Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of Ayatollah Hashemi was given to me and I managed, during three years, to make the first political portrait of a very controversial woman in Islamic republic’s history.

Some of many reasons that made me work on this project was to find out the truth about all the rumors and talks about this person and her family. Also to find out more about her stands on different issues such as minority groups and women. Added to all to document and show the world a glimpse of her immense work for women and social equality. To discover what her family and surroundings think of her. Does she believe in what she says in public or it is all an act? What are her parents influence on her very unique character? I wanted to find out whether she is just the daughter of Ayatollah or Faezeh Hashemi?

Faezeh Hahsemi is the most news making woman in the Islamic republic’s history. She was at first, only, known as the courageous daughter of the Iran’s powerful president, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. But quickly she became an independent character and turned into one of the most influential individuals in the world of politics in Iran.During more than three decades of political and social activities, she has had her fair share of breathtaking ups and downs; however, what makes Faezeh stand out is her resistance, patience, perseverance and above all is her exemplary courage.There are very few Iranians who haven’t heard anything about Faezeh; Be it rumors about her legendary wealth or about her family’s immense influence, these kind of rumors had a great impact on public opinion and dragged her down from a very powerful political position. However, her stands on women’s right, human rights, freedom of speech and democracy, her effective presence in 2009 green movement and defending religious minority groups’ rights and being their friends, such as Bahai groups, have made her the focus of the public attention again.She is the first daughter of the most famous Iranian politician; she has gone to prison for her political beliefs, and came out but has not changed her opinion or behavior at all.

This film is the first and only documentary about her personal and private life with a look at her family in which will cover many unseen aspects of particularly Ayatollah Hashemi’s family and his very controversial children.

2 years of constant shooting and one year of editing and post production was a great time to go in depth about this fascinating subject. This film tries to, with an honest and friendly language, get closer to this very complicated and very controversial individual.

Some of the many challenges I faced during the course of this film were to have financial independence since if any individual or organization provided the money for the project, the film must have been in their particular direction and it would be linked to particular political groups, more over during filming and editing, everything had to be done in absolute secret and in shadows, because if it was leaked to the press, the authorities might have stopped the production.

Overall I Hope this film answers some of many questions and rumors about this character and her family.

Please contact  : arthousecinematheque@gmail.com

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