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Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri implicitly rebukes both the Western stereotype of Iranian women as being utterly oppressed and conservative Muslim teachings about the subservience of women with this richly textured 2001 video. Sadegh-Vaziri interviews five women—a journalist, a piano teacher, a rice farmer, a nurse, and a religious student—about their lives. Some of the women say they wear the head scarf because they are compelled to do so; the student says that covering her head helps her keep in mind that “the material world is only a passageway.” Thankfully, no excuses are offered for the Iranian government's recent suppression of many newspapers, which has forced the journalist out of the job she loved and obliged her to take work with a corporate newsletter. In Farsi with subtitles. 61 min. Also showing: Chrysalis (30 min.), a new work by Chicago filmmaker Hossein Khandan.

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