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by Hamed Zolfaghari


At the gateway to the Lut Desert, in the province of Kerman, Iran, the ancient caravanserai of Shafi Abad becomes the site of an unexpected video workshop. Director Hamed Zolfaghari provides a group of housewives with cameras, just as they’re starting to organize a co-operative to control every step of the fabrication and sale of their handicraft products. No longer reliant on middlemen or constrained by their rural identity, the women gain better incomes and more personal freedom, and they record, almost in real time, their own process of independence. “The day I picked up a camera, everything changed for me,” joyfully affirms a participant. As they document the changes in their lives, as well as the pushback from conservative villagers, Zolfaghari and the members of the Gojino cooperative give us a vibrant example of collaborative and empowering filmmaking.

international title: Women of the Sun: A Chronology of Seeing
original title: Women of the Sun: A Chronology of Seeing
country: Iran, France
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Hamed Zolfaghari
film run: 87'
cinematography by: Hamed Zolfaghari, Fatemeh Zolfaghari, Ramin Rouhani, Video Group of Gojino (Women of the Sun)
film editing: Gladys Joujou
producer: Hamed Zolfaghari, Nina Amin Zadeh
executive producer: Marie Balducchi
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