Women Without Men by Shirin Neshat

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2009 / 99min / DCP / Watch Trailer

DIRECTOR: Shirin Neshat

Q&A with Shirin Neshat and Madeleine Aggeler, Senior Writer at The Cut


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.

Madeleine Aggeler is a senior writer for the Cut, where she covers culture and news. In her time at the Cut, she’s attended a cat fashion show, gone to a morning rave with 2020 hopeful Marianne Williamson, and profiled inspiring women such as Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat host and cookbook author Samin Nosrat, Shrill co-creator Lindy West, actress Greta Lee, and many more.

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



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