Seven and a Half
Haft va nim
2019, Navid Mahmoudi, Iran/Afghanistan, 75 min.
With Neda Jebrelli, Hasti Mahdavi
- Sat, Feb 29th 8:00pm
- Sun, Mar 1st 3:30pm
Cultural traditions die hard, and the patriarchy still sets the rules in these mini-dramas revolving around an age-old fetishized ideal of female purity. Seven young women bravely face the question of virginity as the condition that may decide their fates for better or for worse. Despite her best friend’s advice, Shabaneh, a seamstress in a couture dress shop, longs to confide her closely guarded shameful secret to her fiancé. Negar is troubled by her fiancé’s prying and her prospective mother-in-law’s intimate request, while Fereshteh’s husband-to-be makes a non-negotiable demand. A paper marriage is a trap for Afghan immigrant Nahid, and marriage is a less than willing choice for Niloofar and Sugar, while Rahil seeks a dire antidote to betrayal. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)