Critical Writing Index

Quietly ruling the roost

by Sheila Johnston and Hadani Ditmars

Sight and Sound, Jan. 1999, v. 9, no. 1, pp. 18-19

Author Sheila Johnston interviews 18-year-old Samirah Makhmalbaf, daughter of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, about her debut film, The Apple / Sib, based on the real life story of a mother and father who kept their 12-year-old twin daughters locked up from birth, eventually discovered by concerned neighbours, and the difficulty of being a female director in Iran.

Hadani Ditmars talks to another female Iranian director, Rakshan Bani-Etemad about her film May Lady, about a divorced documentary filmmaker in her 40s.

ITEM 1999.092 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Salam CinémaMohsen Makhmalbaf

GabbehMohsen Makhmalbaf

The SilenceMohsen Makhmalbaf

The CyclistMohsen Makhmalbaf

The Apple / SibSamirah Makhmalbaf

Off the Limits / Az NahdoudehRakshan Bani-Etemad

NargessRakshan Bani-Etemad

The Blue Veil / Rusariye AbiRakshan Bani-Etemad

May Lady / Banooyn-e OrdibeheshiRakshan Bani-Etemad