Caramel, Divorce Iranian Style And Persepolis

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In our Women and Politics in the Middle East class this semester we watched three films that brought to surface social issues faced by women in the Middle East. Caramel, Divorce Iranian Style and Persepolis are films that speak of issues of taboo that are critical for women in the Middle East. The themes that connect all three films are social issues, female identity, and politics that are aimed against women’s rights. In all three films the protagonists are women who struggle with the government and society to get their rights in their own countries. Even though one film is a documentary and one film is a comedy/drama and the last one is a cartoon, all three of the films are similar in ...view middle of the document...

Nisrine is engaged to a nice man who has no idea that she is not a virgin. One day on the way back from dinner at his family’s place, they were sitting in his car talking when a police officer approached them. He demanded to know the relationship between them and why they were in the car together late at night. When Nisrine’s fiancé started to get aggravated that they were being harassed by the police officer, the officer took them in. Their families had to come in to the police station and say that they were engaged to get them out. In order for her future husband not to find out that she was not a virgin at the time of marriage, Nisrine had an operation to have her hymen sewed up so that she appears to be a virgin on her wedding night. Nisrine was forced to go through an operation by society’s norms so that she is able to get married and live a normal life. Rima also works in the beauty salon and is attracted to a client who comes in to wash her hair. She appears to a lesbian who is starting to get comfortable with sexuality as a Lesbian. Jamal is an actress who fears growing old. In society older women are no longer suitable for marriage in the way a young virgin girl is. Jamal is divorced with children and goes through drastic measures to appear young. Rose a tailor with a shop next to the salon. Rose had to take care of her older sister who is ill. Her life seemed to be at a dead end until one day she started to feel some kind of attraction to a middle-aged customer. When she starts to fall in love with her customer she remembers that she must take care of her sister and quickly backs out of the future relationship she could have had with her customer. Rose give up on her last chance of happiness for her sister. With all five of the women society is against them when they try to live their life freely in the way of their choice.
Divorce Iranian Style is a documentary that takes place in Iran’s family court. This documentary brings to surface controversial issues women face when seeking a divorce from their husbands. Judge Deldar is in charge of make the decision to grant the women divorce. He could only grant the women divorce if their husbands cannot provide a child or does not provide for her or is mad. These are the only reasons for divorce; no acceptations. Sixteen year old Ziba was forced into a marriage at a young age; to get a divorce she demanded her husband get a sanity test. After she finaly won a rulling for divorce her husband refused to pay the large sum of money he owed her, so they didn’t get divorced right away. Zibe was not divorced till she agreed to give up the money. It appears that the compensation is the main factor in divorce...

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