Acclaimed Iranian actress Mahnaz Afzali filmed this documentary entirely inside a ladies’ washroom in a public park in Tehran. Populated by women of the street and various others who simply enjoy the camaraderie and atmosphere, this room is one of the few places where women feel comfortable enough to smoke cigarettes, discuss taboo subjects, and remove their veils. 2003, Iran, color, video, in Farsi with English subtitles, 55 minutes.
Preceded by two short films from Minnesota:
Shroud and Torrent Directed by Jila Nikpay
This poetic essay reflects the spiritual transformation of a young Iranian Muslim woman who abandons her veil and begins dancing. 2003, U.S., BW, video, 8 minutes.
Both Sides Directed by Michelle Mehri Mousavi
This experimental film shows the dual perspective gained by women of Middle Eastern descent living in the United States. 2003, U.S., color, video, 8 minutes.