Tag Archives: Shabnam Toloui

“If someone spends his life writing the truth without caring for the consequences, he inevitably becomes a political authority in a totalitarian regime.” — Václav Havel

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” — Václav Havel Václav Havel, whose birthday … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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The Importance Of “As If”: Women Without Men (2009)

A group of intellectuals and artists sit around a table in a restaurant, drinking wine, and talking about Camus and democracy. Camus’ comments on freedom are approved of by some in the group, and rejected by another, who argues that … Continue reading

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You Are Here: The Day I Became A Woman (2000); Dir. Marziyeh Meshkini

Here is my first contribution to the Iranian Film Blogathon. A review of Marziyeh Meshkini’s stunning directorial debut, The Day I Became a Woman. The Day I Became A Woman (2000), was director Marziyeh Meshkini’s first film, although she had … Continue reading

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