Niloofar (movie)

Niloofar by Sabine El Gemayel

Niloofar is about a twelve-year-old girl whose dream is to read and write, but she lives in a village where education is only for boys. Her mother, a well-known midwife, insists that Niloofar become her apprentice. While assisting her mother during a delivery, Niloofar meets a feminist woman who undertakes to teach her in secret. Unfortunately, in exchange for a field of olive trees, Niloofar's father has promised her in 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. Eventually, the inevitable occurs. But Niloofar, who is determined to keep her freedom as long as possible, arranges to conceal the fact from her family for another two years until the truth can no longer be hidden. Then, rather than live in a marriage without love, Niloofar runs away with her friend. Shocked, her family considers itself dishonoured and sends her step-brother to track her down...

Production Team

Sabine El Gemayel

Director: Sabine El Gemayel (Iranian-Lebanese Descent)

Script: Sabine El Gemayel, Fereshteh Taerpour

Photography: Bahram Badakhshani

Editor: Bahram Dehghani

Cast: Roya Nownahali, Shahab Hosseini, Hengameh Ghaziani, Mobina Aynehdar


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