Women Without Men by Shirin Neshat

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2009 / 99min / DCP / Watch Trailer

DIRECTOR: Shirin Neshat

Q&A with Shirin Neshat


The first feature by artist Shirin Neshat, based on Shahrnush Parsipur's novel of the same name, the film follows four women who find solace and companionship in an orchard garden during Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état. A series of politically and religiously charged vignettes set in Tehran, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN artfully depicts the socio-political landscape that led to the Iranian revolution. Neshat, an Iranian whose family fled to America prior to the coup, infuses the film with her memories, real and imagined, of her motherland. This film serves as a platform for this refugee director to reminisce, analyze, and dream about the country that has inspired the lion’s share of her artistic work in a way that’s both historic and poetic. 


Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist whose work in film and photography explores the contrasts between Islam and the West. She has won the International Award at the Venice Biennale and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for her film WOMEN WITHOUT MEN. Neshat has lived in The United States since 1975, and continues to make films, videos, and performances that delve into her multiple identities.

* Preceded by a showing of THE HOUSE IS BLACK dir. Forough Farrokhzad (1962 / 26mins)



Sunday, October 27th, 2019



Please arrive at least 10 minutes early as screenings & panels will start on time.



Quad Cinema

34 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011