Directed by Shiva Sanjari • 2016 • Iran
The lives of Iranian women working in film changed drastically after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Shahrzad was sold by her father when she was only twelve years old, and was forced to dance in a cabaret in Tehran. Years passed and she became a famous actress and dancer. Eventually, Shahrzad appeared in many movies and received important awards and recognition for her work. In 1977 Shahrzad directed her first movie and became one of the first female directors in Iranian cinema. Two years later, the revolution changed the country and the Islamic government banned her from working in the movie industry, destroying her career and artistic future. Nearly thirty-five years later, director Shiva Sanjari tracks down this living legend in order to recount her story.