THE DAY I BECAME A WOMAN (ROUZI KEH ZAN SHODAM)
Directed by Marziyeh Meshkini
"This film takes a look at the lives of women who are segregated in the home, not because they are hated, but rather because they are loved," says director Marziyeh Meshkini about her first film. Her stories of three generations of Iranian women add up to far more than the sum of their individual parts, and together they resonate in unexpected ways. The first segment centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday when she is told by her family that she has come of age. Next, virtuoso camera work, a bicycle race, and bold female defiance generate a compelling tension. The final section follows a wheelchair-bound grandmother, motored by an obliging youth, as she shops and takes her treasures to the beach to set up her ideal home. 2000, Iran, in Farsi with English subtitles, 35mm, 80 minutes.
TO CRY WOLF
Directed by Patti Rhodes
Minneapolis-based filmmaker Patti Rhodes returns to the festival with an experimental film about friendship. In this new work, the bond between playmates is questioned when a serious illness strikes one of the girls. 2000, U.S., 16mm, 8 minutes.
An opening-night reception in Gallery 8 Restaurant follows the screenings.
WOMEN WITH VISION: CROSSING BOUNDARIES IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA WOMEN'S FOUNDATION AND THE BUSH FOUNDATION, WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA FILM BOARD.