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2008

France - Iran - Lebanon

82min - 35 mm - 1.85 - Color - Drama

Original language : Farsi & Arabic

Cast

Roya Nownahali
Shahab Hosseini
Hengameh Ghaziani
Mobina Ayenedar

Credits

Director: Sabine El Gemayel

Producer : Jean Brehat, Rachid Bouchareb & Muriel Merlin
Production Company : 3B PRODUCTIONS
Co-producer : Fereshteh Taerpour
Co-production Company : KHANEH

Screenplay : Sabine El Gemayel
Director of photography : Bahram Badakhshani
Sound : Mehran Malakouti
Music : Fardin Khalatbari
Editing : Bahram Dehghani

Festivals & Awards

2008 :
Montreal - Official Selection
AFI In Competition
Author FF
Belgrade Dubai IFF
Istanbul Meeting of Cinema & History

2009 :
Berlin - Generation Kplus
Cinefranco Toronto
Zlin Children & Youth IFF
Noor Film Fest LA - Best Film - Best actress for Roya Nownahali
Monaco Charity Film Festival Best Actress Award for Mobina Ayenedar
Chungmoro IFF
Beirut Intl Film Festival
Arab Film Festival
San Francisco Sun Valley Film Festival
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
Kinderfilmfest in Wien

2010 :
Festival of Films from Iran in Boston
Festival of Films from Iran in D.C.

2011 :
Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival

NILOOFAR

a film by :Sabine El Gemayel

Niloofar is a twelve-year-old Irakian girl whose dream is to read and write in a village where education is only for boys. While assisting her midwife mother during a delivery, Niloofar meets a woman who allows her to secretly study. In the meantime, Niloofar’s father arranges her marriage to an older man once she becomes a woman. Horrified by this notion, Niloofar does everything in her power to postpone her first periods. When destiny catches up with her, she hides her womanhood from her community to pursue her dream. Until one day, the truth is revealed.

French Synopsis :

Niloofar, une fillette irakienne de 12 ans, ne rêve que de savoir lire et écrire. Mais dans son village, l’éducation est réservée aux garçons. En secondant sa mère, une sage femme renommée, pendant un accouchement, Niloofar rencontre une femme qui propose de l’instruire en secret. Mais entre-temps, son père la promet en mariage en échange d’une plantation d’oliviers lorsqu’elle deviendra femme. Afin d’éviter ce mariage qui la terrorise, Niloofar imagine toutes sortes de stratagèmes pour empêcher l’apparition de ses premières règles. Mais un jour, l’inévitable survient. Déterminée à préserver sa liberté le plus longtemps possible, Niloofar cache sa féminité pendant deux ans jusqu’à ce que la vérité éclate.

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