Daughters of Malakeh
Three generations of women, wedged between two worlds, struggle to give shape to their lives in present-day Iran. In the world outside they wear headscarves and obey the rules of the state, yet in their world at home breadwinner Maryam runs the show, aided by her mother and her younger sister Ghazal. When Maryam wants to get married, however, these two worlds clash painfully, and the entire family gets involved.
Son and co-director Sharog Heshmat Manesh, living in the Netherlands, leads us into this, otherwise closed, private world. ‘Daughters of Malakeh’ gives us a unique and genuine picture of family life in Iran.
81’ / video / colour
Dir: Jet Homoet & Sharog Heshmat Manesh
Prod: Bonanza Films
Sc: Jet Homoet, Sharog Hesmat Manesh
Completed: December 2010
Language: Dutch/Farsi (English subtitles)
TARA (2002, doc), WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS (2001, short doc), SWEET CECILE (1999, doc), LAKEVIEW (1996, doc), THAT FIRE WITHIN (1993, short doc) Awards: New York Film Academy Award Cinéma du Réel, IDA Documentary Award & Kodak Prize Los Angeles.
28-03-2011 Dutch Documentaries at Hotdocs 2011