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Film on Iranian women, arts and freedom wins award at Santa Cruz Film Festival

A documentary film about female artists in Iran has won the award as the best foreign documentary at this year's International Film Festival in Santa CruzFeminine Breeze: Women and Arts in Iran, is made by the gifted German filmmaker, Antje Beyen, and provides a fresh perspective on an important aspect of Iranian civil society.

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The film shows glimpses of daily life in various parts of Iran -- Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Meshed -- while focusing on interviews with six artists, including a martial arts instructor as well as a filmmaker, a photographer, a poet (Simin Behbahani), a journalist, and a stage dirctor. 

Feminine Breeze: Arts and Freedom in Iran, is an independent documentary focusing on how Iranian women artists use their artistic medium for autonomy and self-exression in a society dominated by political Islam.
The film features in-depth conversations with six prominent women:
- a martial arts instructor, the teacher of the national women Karate team, Afsaneh Bagheri
- the stage director Pari Saberi and her play about Forough Farrokhzad called: The Voice Alone
- a young photographer named Shadi Ghardirian, who has exhibitions throughout the world
- an international well-known filmmaker, Tamineh Milani
- a famous Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani
- the journalist Asieh Amini: her newspaper was shut down by the government four times and has reappeared under different names
At the beginning and conclusion of each episode we get glimpses of every day life in various cities in Iran -- Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashad -- providing visual background to the narrative on the female artists in Iran.

Feminine Breeze is available on DVD and can be purchased through amazon.

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