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Women Like Us: Women in Iran
Iran, 2002, 60 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W04830
Filmmaker Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri returns to Iran after 20 years as an expatriate to present this intimate and revealing portrait of five ordinary Iranian women: a nurse, a journalist, a rice farmer, a religious college graduate and a piano teacher. Against a backdrop of Islam, revolution and war, they share their views on the veil, the relationship of Iranian women to the West and the long-ranging impacts of the 1979 Revolution on the status of women in their country. What emerges is an image of Iran that resists easy classification, a nation in flux at a unique historical moment, still reeling from the residual effects of the Iran-Iraq war but poised for a new future. An important and timely look at contemporary Iran, WOMEN LIKE US offers surprising insights into the changing role of women in the Middle East from a perspective that rarely makes it to international headlines.


  • Montreal Int’l Festival of New Cinema & New Media
  • Tiburon Int’l Film Festival
  • Festival of the Iranian Diaspora, Gene Siskel Film Center

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    “Provides an insightful look at the changing role of women in Iran…”
    Beth A. Kattelman
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “An honest inclusive, sisterly, and unbiased view of women’s lives in traditional and modern Iran, A non-sensational (and demystifying)portrayal of veiled women, by choice or by force, helpful for understanding a variety of women experiences in today’s Iran.”
    Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa

    “In a country where religion is the domain of the state, each woman has constructed her own sense of religiosity and spirituality, forging her own relationship with her Islamic faith.”
    Shiva Balaghi
    Associate Director of Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU

    "Through testimony of their students and followers we learn of the significance and impact of the women leaders’ work on peoples’ lives. The film is elegantly conceived and aesthetically pleasing."
    Signs Journal of Women in Culture & Society

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    Women Like Us: Women in Iran is included in the following Special Collections.
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