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Tahmineh Milani declines to give up hope

Nov 26, 2011, 04.11PM IST
Tahmineh Milani, the Iranian film maker who had created a stir across the Arab world by dealing with sensitive and controversial topics like gender equality in her cinematic creations, is still optimistic that condition will turn in favour of women film makers like her in her home country .
"We had a golden period under the former Khatami regime, as it permitted us to make films on sensitive topics like equality of women. But the new regime is trying to bring back those earlier controls and denying sanction for us to deal with such topics. Now nearly 67 per cent of the students in the universities in Iran are girls, and the ruling class perceives this as a danger. On the other side we who strive for betterment of the lot of women in Iran lay hope on this. The newly educated generation will not accept subjugation of women,'' Milani told TOI here. Milani is here as a member of the Jury of the international competition section in the 42nd International Film festival of India ( IFFI) being held in Goa .
"In fact, large section of even the educated boys in Iran doesn't approve of the curbs being imposed on the women there. Nearly 40 per cent of my fans are men, and like my husband they support us in breaking the traditional barriers and making films on sensitive topics. My husband is the producer of my films,'' she said .
"As the regime tightens its control more the chances of the newly educated generation challenging them, and I think things will change in a positive direction in Iran,'' she said.
"Now they are not permitting us to make films on gender issues. For instance, I want to make a film on Iranian women who kill their husbands. In Iran, under the present laws, only husbands can demand divorce and wives cannot. So the women have to remain wed-locked even if they cannot get along with their husband. Some women then start thinking that killing their husbands only will end their sufferings. There are large numbers of women who are in jail in Iran for killing their husbands. But the Iranian regime doesn't want to give the right to divorce to women, and I'm denied to permission to make film on this topic for the last three years,'' she said.
."Now I want to make a film on poverty as my next project,'' she said
Milani had to pass through a series of ordeals for making films on sensitive topics. Her film 'The Hidden Half' landed her in jail in 2001, after the Tehran Revolutionary Court objected the manner in which she had portrayed the Islamic Revolution of 1979. She was released after two weeks following the intervention of the Khatami government. Her film 'Pay Back' was denied permission for release for four years
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-1126/india/30443855_1_tahmineh-milani-husbands-khatami

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