Photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat is one of the world’s most respected Iranian artists. Among her best known works are Women of Allah (1990), Turbulent (1998) and Rapture (1999). Neshat is based in New York and exhibits internationally. Following several short films, Women Without Men is Neshat’s first feature, and has already won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
We were lucky enough to catch her for a video interview at Artifical Eye‘s HQ when she was in London for the UK Premeiere of Women Without Men at the London Film Festival in October 2009. On the eve of the film’s opening screening which BEV are co-presenting at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival we though we would share it.
Women Without Men is an aesthetically exquisite work of art and 20th century history weaves together the stories of five Iranian women against the backdrop of the American and British-backed coup that brought down Prime Minister Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah in 1953. Contrasting the political drama of the time with the complexities of the women’s intimate lives makes for an imaginative and emotional film that engages us on a myriad of levels. Watch the Trailer and find out more about the film here: www.womenwithoutmenfilm.com/trailer/
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