A musico-visual encounter | The Day I Became a Woman | Marziyeh Meshkini
Music / Christophe Rezai " Ya Telab Blues "
Created . Arden Zahedi-Bogucka
Sound kolage /Heriknaz Sibirian
A Dokumuzik Group Projekt
"another wondrous musico-visual adaptation by Arden Zahedi-Bogucka & Massod Vadiee based on Marziyeh Meshkini's "Roozi Ke Zan Shodam/The Day I Became A Woman (2000)--Music: Christphe Rezai " Professor Hamid Dabashi Columbia University ( USA)
The Day I Became a WomanBy Deborah Young Variety MagazineA Makhmalbaf Film House production. (International sales: Makhmalbaf Film House.) Produced by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Directed by Marziyeh Meshkini. Screenplay, Mohsen Makhmalbaf; dialogue, Meshkini.Hava - Fatemeh Cherag Akhar Cyclist - Shabnam Toloui Elderly Woman - Azizeh Sedighi A powerful statement about the social oppression of women in today's Iran, Marziyeh Meshkini's "The Day I Became a Woman" speaks bluntly about this long-taboo subject, which has been broached by other Iranian women directors but never before confronted so directly. Using vivid imagery and allegorical storytelling, Meshkini communicates a personal vision in terms all women (and certainly many men) can feel deeply. The wife and pupil of director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who produced and wrote current pic, and first a.d. on the films of Samira Makhmalbaf, she is a new star in the family talent center, the Makhmalbaf Film House. With a strong launch, this first feature could become one of the year's most popular Iranian pics abroad. Shot on Kish Island, film fully exploits the scenic locations and the local tribal traditions, which are harsher toward women than in the city. In first story, it is Hava's (Fatemeh Cherag Akhar) ninth birthday. She longs to play with a little boy named Hassan, as she does every day, but Mom and Grandma are busy measuring her for not just a head scarf (she wears that already), but a floor-length black chador. It's the last day she will play with boys on the beach. She shares a final lollipop with Hassan, himself imprisoned in his house with homework, in an intensely poignant scene.
The realism of "Hava" gives way to exhilarating fable in "Ahoo." A young woman wearing a billowing chador (stage thesp Shabnam Toloui, one of the few pros actors) is pedaling madly in a women's cycling race along the beach. Suddenly her husband gallops up on horseback and demands she come home. Ahoo refuses him and all the subsequent horsemen who scream for her to get off her bike -- her father, the mullah (priest), the village elders, her brothers. Amusing and tragic at the same time, tale takes its pace from the women's furious, nonstop pedaling, in a clear tip of the hat to Mohsen Makhmalbaf's famous early film "The Cyclist," an Iranian "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Christophe Rezai was born to an Iranian Father and a French mother in 1966 in the city of Toulouse in France. He has studied music (piano, vocal and theory) along with engineering and marketing. Since 1977 he has made around 150 pieces for Iranian television advertisements, with the cooperation of Reza Asgharzadeh, his assistant since 1995. He has made soundtracks for film, short films as well as art documentaries. He initiated a traditional Iranian music band (Aria Music) in 1996. He has also been involved in Baroque music concerts in Tehran and India. He further established the Nour ensemble, whose repertoire focuses on medieval, baroque, Kurdish and Persian vocal music. The Noure ensemble has been featured in a documentary produced by the television network Arte in 2002 and has performed in concerts in France, Iran, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea and Austria. In the summer of 2004, Nour appeared in a second musical documentary, this time filmed at the Palace of Ardashir in Firouzabad. The arrangements of Journey (2001, Hermes Records) is also among his musical activities. In 2003, Rezai won the first prize of the Avignon Film Festival for the best Film Music. Since then, he has concentrated on writing music for films and on developing the Nour ensemble.French-Iranian, he was born in 1966 in Toulouse (France). He studied singing and composition both in Toulouse and in Paris. He has been living in Tehran since 1994, where he composes music for the movies, theater plays and TV shows. He records his work in his own recording studio based in Tehran: Dohol Studio. He has founded both the “NOUR Ensemble” and the “Aria Musica” ensemble which is dedicated to baroque music.