The Day I Became a Woman

Year of participation 2006
Program Retrospectives

The Day I Became a Woman
Producer(s) Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director(s) Marziyeh Makhmalbaf (Meshkini)
Script Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Marzieh Meshkini
Director of Photography Mohamad Ahmadi, Ebrahim Ghafori
Production designer Akbar Meshkini
Music by Mohamad Reza Darvishi
Sound Abbas Rastegarpour, Behroz Shahamat
Edit Maysam Makhmalbaf, Shahrzad Pouya
Cast Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Ameneh Passand, Shabnam Toloui


This is the story of women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a "woman". Told from the perspective of a nine year old "woman" who does not feel like or know what that label refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first the husband and then increasing numbers of men from the village ride beside her to convince her to return home, the race begins to symbolize a freedom she desperately wants from the limitations which have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wants. The way she chooses to use this freedom, however, makes one wonder just how free she is.

'CinemAvvenire' Award - Best First Film, Isvema Award, UNESCO Award (Venice IFF, 2000), Discovery Award (Toronto IFF, 2000), Best Director (Thessaloniki IFF, 2000), New Currents Award (Pusan IFF, 2000), FIPRESCI Prize (Oslo IFF, 2000), Silver Hugo (Chicago IFF, 2000)
Participation: 13 International Film Festivals

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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