Sareh Bayat (A SEPARATION, AFI FEST 2011) plays Nahid, a woman whose whole life is a struggle. Her typing job has maimed her hand, and it doesn't pay enough to cover her rent or the tuition for her son's school. Though she impoverishes herself to support her son, he refuses to study, preferring to spend time with his father, an addict and inveterate gambler who warns Nahid that, should she remarry, he'll demand custody of the child. But at least she lives independently — with no man to control her — until the day she tries to improve their life by entering a "temporary marriage" with a well–off hotelier, first becoming a housewife under his roof, then a ward of her brother's. In her feature debut, Ida Panahandeh depicts the near impossibility of finding security and happiness within Iran's strictures of socially enforced respectability. The winner of this year's Un Certain Regard Prix de l'Avenir at the Cannes Film Festival, NAHID is noteworthy for being the work of an Iranian female director, which is a rarity. — Gillian Horvat
Ida Panahandeh was born in Tehran in 1979. She was chosen to participate in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Talent Campus with her short film COCKSCOMB FLOWER. She has always been interested in improving the cultural view of women, by making documentaries, and in her first feature film NAHID.
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