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)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 36

Cast


Niki Karimi Fereshteh
Atilla Pesyani Khosro
Mohammad Nikbin Rouzbeh Javid

Crew


Writer Tahmineh Milani
Director Tahmineh Milani
Producer Jahanghir Kosari
Director of Photography Mahmoud Kalari
Sound Recordist Parviz Abnar
Production Designer Iraj Raminfar
Editor Bahram Dehghani
Sound Mixer Massoud Behnam
Music Amir Moini

Pictures


Fereshteh's interest is sparked when her husband Khosrow (Atilla Pesyani) mentions his latest case.

Fereshteh's interest is sparked when her husband Khosro (Atilla Pesyani) mentions his latest case.

Khosrow finds the detailed account of his wife's former life that she has packed in his suitcase. .

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.

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.

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.

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 quickly falls for Javid (Mohammad Nikbin) and is eager to share her poetry with him.

Fereshteh's friend is arrested for handing out leaflets.

Fereshteh's friend is arrested for handing out leaflets.

Back home - Fereshteh's sick father and numerous siblings.

Back home - Fereshteh's sick father and numerous siblings.

When the universities finally reopened, Fereshteh was eager to enroll.

When the universities finally reopened, Fereshteh was eager to enroll.

Khosrow meets the prisoner whose words are familiar, 'I don't have any enjoyable memory from my childhood, everything was sorrow and regret.'

Khosro meets the prisoner whose words are familiar, "I don't have any enjoyable memory from my childhood, everything was sorrow and regret."

DVD


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External Reviews


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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