Women According to Men

Original title: ZAN BE RAVAYAT-E MARD
International title: Women According to Men
French title: LES FEMMES SELON LES HOMMES
Type: Documentary, First Feature

CAST
Actors involved include:
Pouri BANAEI • Iren ZAZIANS • Azar SHIVA • Forouzan • Nosrat KARIMI • Mohammad Ali FARDIN • Abdollah BOUTIMAR • Naser MALEK MOTIEI • Nouri KASRAEI • Gougoush • Fakhri KHORVASH • Susan TASLIMI • Parvaneh MASSOUMI • Shahla RIAHI • Nadereh • Soraya GHASSEMI • Behrouz VOSSOUGHI • Shohreh AGHDASHLOO • Mahin DEYHIM • Farzaneh TAIDI • Parviz FANNIZADEH • Vida GHAHREMANI • Farideh NASSIRI • Saeed RAD • Jamshid MASHAYEKHI • Katayoun AMIR EBRAHIMI • Iraj GHADERI • Niloufar • Shahin • Soheyla • Roufia • Mary APICK • Sepideh • Jaleh OLOV • Azar HEKMAT SHOAR • Parkhideh • Iran DAFTARI • Azadeh • Masoumeh KHAKYAR • Asia GHESTANIAN • Rouhangiz SAMINEJAD • Iran GHADERI….

CREW
Director:………………………… Saeed NOURI
Screenplay:…………………….. Saeed NOURI
Director of Photography:….. A panoply of Iranian Directors of Photography
Editing:………………………….. Saeed NOURI
Music:……………………………. Various Iranian film composers
Sound Designer:……………… Naeim MESCHIAN
Sound:…………………………… All the original films were Post Synchronized
Set Designers:…………………  Various Iranian Set Designers
Costume designers:…………. Various Iranian Costume Designers

Line Producer: Ahmadreza NOURI
Director’s Assistant: Sepideh KARIMI-HEIDARI

Producer: Saeed NOURI
Investors: Mahdi SHAHREZAEI & Sepideh NOURI
Production Company: WINGS OF DESIRE INSTITUTE

With the cooperation of ‘National Film Archive of Iran’

Shooting format: 35mm (ARCHIVE MATERIAL)
Camera: ECLAIR
Lenses: 25-125 ZOOM

Screening format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Ratio: 1.166
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English
Running time: 90min
Year: 2019

Documentary – Black and white – 90min – Iran.

Log Line:
A woman’s place, as seen through the eyes of essentially male Iranian film-makers, from the 1932 debut of Iranian fiction film-making to the 1979 revolution.

Synopsis:
This well-researched documentary, with over 120 clips from archival films shot almost exclusively by male film-makers, portrays the domestic and social position of Iranian women from 1932 to the 1979 revolution. The patriarchal family, love and deception, unwanted pregnancies and abortions, arranged marriages and polygamy form the background to the movie’s central themes of education, emancipation and the salvation of Iranian women, torn between tradition and modernity.

   

Director’s statement:
I want to know more about my ancestors. Hence my fascination with my county’s history and the film archives of those who preceded me. I especially wanted to know how women were portrayed in Iranian cinema and men’s attitudes towards them. I watched over 900 works of fiction made before the revolution and found more than 70 subjects regarding women. The movie took over 10 thousand hours of work over a period of more than 2 years.

Festival debut:
World Premiere