In this journey of identity for three generations of Iranian women, audacious Minoo, a conservator at the National Carpet Museum, is at the center of a dispute over a pricey heirloom. To complicate
matters, while she searches for her missing daughter, her senile mother also disappears—with the precious carpet in tow. Starring Niki Karimi (whose films were screened at the 2006 and 2007 Women with Vision festivals), this road movie, with its gorgeous cinematography and exquisite performances, is “touched with sublime beauty, humor, and heartbreaking tenderness, [with a] vision of Iran as a place of fiercely independent women and unfathomable depths” (AFI Fest). 2008, 35mm, in Farsi with English subtitles, 94 minutes.
, born in Arak, Iran, is a prolific figure in Iranian cinema. She began her career in 1978 as an experimental filmmaker. Since 1980, she has worked as an assistant director and production manager on more than 25 feature films. Hekmat’s award-winning debut feature, Women’s Prison (2002), was based on her own research on Iranian women prisoners. Screened at more than 80 international film festivals, it was shown at the Walker Art Center in 2003. 3 Women is her second feature film.