[act-ma] 3/18 Film: Women Without Men (at MIT: Fri)

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sun Mar 6 19:51:21 PST 2011

Women Without Men
by Shirin Neshat
Friday - March 18, 2011
MIT, [32-141 <http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32>]  (that's building 32 Room 141)

In her feature-film debut, renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers 
an exquisitely crafted view of Iran in 1953, when a British- and 
American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. 
Adapted from the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, the film 
weaves together the stories of four individual women during those 
traumatic days, whose experiences are shaped by their faith and the 
social structures in place.

With a camera that floats effortlessly through the lives of the women 
and the beautiful countryside of Iran, Neshat explores the social, 
political, and psychological dimensions of her characters as they meet 
in a metaphorical garden, where they can exist and reflect while the 
complex intellectual and religious forces shaping their world linger in 
the air around them.

Discussion with author of the novel Women Without Men, Shahrnush 
Parsipur, to follow.

Cosponsored by MIT Amnesty International 
<http://web.mit.edu/amnesty/www/about.htm> and The Technology and 
Culture Forum <http://web.mit.edu/tac/index.html>.
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