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Our Times (15*)

Part of: Nevertheless, She Persisted

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Renowned Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s compelling and timely double portrait reveals the stories of women campaigning for change in her country’s 2001 elections.

A film in two parts, Bani-Etemad’s documentary follows the women campaigning and standing for change in the 2001 Iranian elections.

In the first half, she looks to the younger generations, as young actors and artists, including her own daughter, as they campaign for the incumbent reformist President Mohammad Khatami. Capturing their optimism and desire for change, she reveals a youth ready for progress, as has been demonstrated again recently with the protests across Iran.

Meeting a large number of women running for the presidency, her attention turns to Arezoo Bayat, a young divorcee running for the presidency. An awe-inspiring individual, at 25 years old, she is twice divorced, caring for her blind mother and her 9-year-old daughter.

With indomitable spirit, Arezoo sees her daily struggles to support and house her family at the heart of her campaign. Who better to speak for Iranians facing difficulties than someone who’s experienced them first hand?

Iran 2002 Dir Rakhshan Bani-Etemad 75 min

*This film is locally classified by Barbican Cinema 

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This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman, and/or features significant women on screen in their own right.

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Watch: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Inspired by the 100-year anniversary of the first women gaining the right to vote in the UK, we present a timely season of feature films and documentaries that look at women’s rebellious and often dangerous strides towards equality.

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