The Hidden Half - 2001
Directed by Tahmineh Milani
Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) reveals her experiences during the revolution to her government official husband when she finds that he is being sent to review the case of a political prisoner who belongs to the same revolutionary generation as herself.
Color, 1 hour 48 minutes, Farsi
Original Title: Nime-heh Penhan
Trailer currently not available, Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)
Firouzan Rank # 36
|Mohammad Nikbin||Rouzbeh Javid|
|Director of Photography||Mahmoud Kalari|
|Sound Recordist||Parviz Abnar|
|Production Designer||Iraj Raminfar|
|Sound Mixer||Massoud Behnam|
Fereshteh's interest is sparked when her husband Khosro (Atilla Pesyani) mentions his latest case.
Khosro finds the detailed account of his wife's former life that she has packed in his suitcase.
Away from her village and attending university, Fereshteh regularly met with her leftist group to discuss politics and revolution.
Fereshteh's duties included handing out leaflets and hanging posters, not to mention writing poetry.
Wall of revolutionaries (and one American actor) in a student's dorm.
Fereshteh quickly falls for Javid (Mohammad Nikbin) and is eager to share her poetry with him.
Fereshteh's friend is arrested for handing out leaflets.
Back home - Fereshteh's sick father and numerous siblings.
When the universities finally reopened, Fereshteh was eager to enroll.
Khosro meets the prisoner whose words are familiar, "I don't have any enjoyable memory from my childhood, everything was sorrow and regret."
By Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
Sometimes a filmmaker will really go to the mat to defend his or her values. But how often will a filmmaker actually risk her life to make a film?
That's the case with the new Iranian film "The Hidden Half," opening today at the Rafael Film Center. Director Tahmineh Milani ("Two Women") was arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Court Aug. 26, for her support of "counter-revolutionary grouplets" within the film.
Milani was eventually released when the Ministry of Culture finally approved her film, but she still faces a trial and possible execution. In her defense, Ray Privett of Facets Home Video spearheaded a "declaration of solidarity" signed by several world filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Phillip Kaufman, Spike Lee, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn and Martin Scorsese, that was sent to various Iranian leaders. Continued
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