• Divorce Iranian Style

    1998. Great Britain. Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini. 80 min.

  • Hidden Faces

    1990. Great Britain. Kim Longinotto, Clare Hunt. 52 min.

Friday, May 15, 2009, 4:00 p.m.


  • Divorce Iranian Style

    1998. Great Britain. Directed by Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini. Along with Mir-Hosseini, author of Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law, Longinotto was granted permission to film in one Tehran divorce court over several weeks. Their camera provides a transparent window into the customs surrounding Iranian divorce—an outcome that is discouraged by the court no matter the circumstances. Alternately humorous, tragic, and emotionally stirring, the film follows couples and their extended families as they strive to arrive at a solution amid biased laws, contradictory administrative policies, and harsh cultural restrictions. 80 min.

  • Hidden Faces

    1990. Great Britain. Directed by Kim Longinotto, Clare Hunt. With Safaa Fathay. Fathay, a young Egyptian woman living in Paris, returns to her homeland to interview the famed feminist writer and activist Nawal El Saadawi and to explore the role of women in Egyptian society. Passages from El Saadawi’s writings mirror and expand upon what Fathay discovers during her journey from El Saadawi’s compound to her own family home. This absorbing reflection of women’s lives in Egypt reveals a complex and often contradictory reading of religious principles, societal expectations, and male and female realities and desire. 52 min.

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