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FIRST FEATURE AWARD

Nahid

IDA PANAHANDEH
Iran, 2015
105 minutes, Color
Official website

The dismissive and degrading treatment of women in Iranian society is piercingly addressed by a filmmaker of that gender in Ida Panahandeh's quietly furious melodrama Nahid. In a bleak northern Iranian coastal outpost, beleaguered divorcee and single mother Nahid (Sareh Bayat, from Asghar Farhadi's thematically similar A Separation) yearns to make a life with her widower boyfriend (Pejman Bazeghi) but can't: The settlement with her reprobate ex (Navid Mohammad Zadeh) expressly forbids remarriage. Enter "sighe," the bizarre legal loophole that allows men and women to be together legally without changing their official status. This might seem to be the answer to Nahid's problems, but in a country where legal and social structures are stacked firmly against women, the resolution is not easy. Leavened by Bayat's magnetic performance, the film's no-nonsense evocation of everyday life indicates Panahandeh's documentary training and gives Nahid a moral urgency and dramatic immediacy.—Eddie Cockrell

In Farsi with English subtitles

FIRST FEATURE AWARD

Nahid

IDA PANAHANDEH
Iran, 2015
105 minutes, Color
Official website

The dismissive and degrading treatment of women in Iranian society is piercingly addressed by a filmmaker of that gender in Ida Panahandeh's quietly furious melodrama Nahid. In a bleak northern Iranian coastal outpost, beleaguered divorcee and single mother Nahid (Sareh Bayat, from Asghar Farhadi's thematically similar A Separation) yearns to make a life with her widower boyfriend (Pejman Bazeghi) but can't: The settlement with her reprobate ex (Navid Mohammad Zadeh) expressly forbids remarriage. Enter "sighe," the bizarre legal loophole that allows men and women to be together legally without changing their official status. This might seem to be the answer to Nahid's problems, but in a country where legal and social structures are stacked firmly against women, the resolution is not easy. Leavened by Bayat's magnetic performance, the film's no-nonsense evocation of everyday life indicates Panahandeh's documentary training and gives Nahid a moral urgency and dramatic immediacy.--Eddie Cockrell

In Farsi with English subtitles


Sunday, April 17
3:15 PM
$13.00
Saturday, April 23
9:00 PM
$13.00

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