Archive of films 111 Girls / 111 dokhtar
2012, 79 min
Section: Focus on Kurdish Film
A satirical road movie with magical motifs: the president of Iran receives a letter from 111 Kurdish girls. It demands that the government find them husbands – otherwise they will commit mass suicide. In order to prevent a tragedy, a high-ranking government official sets out for the region with his aide and a young guide.
Pain that has been suppressed must one day come right out: the president of Iran receives a petition from 111 Kurdish girls. It demands that the government find them husbands, otherwise they are determined to jump off a cliff en masse. A high-ranking government official named Donyadide sets out for the man-poor region in order to investigate the case, accompanied by an aide and a local youth to serve as guide. They discover that it is not just a gender problem but involves social and political aspects as well. The young women demand respect for their native land as the mother of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq – it has protected these countries for centuries against their enemies. The media gloms onto the scandal, while the authorities offer their own bizarre solution, as does the Turkish army on the other side of the border. Time is running out and it seems that everything has conspired against the official: will he be able to prevent a mass suicide? This visually sophisticated road movie, notable for its dreamlike and magical-realistic elements, is filled with biting irony and reflects a critique of the stereotypical notions of Kurds.
About the director
Nahid Ghobadi (b. 1964, Baneh, Iran) studied library science at Tehran University. She began her film career as an assistant to her brother, director Bahman Ghobadi. She has created the short films The Closed Circle (2003), The First Journey (2003), A Simple Excuse for Happiness (2003), Cinema That under Rain Becomes Wet All Over (2004), End Fever (2005), Build Our Homeland (2007), Background (2008), and The Soldier and the Road (2009). Bijan Zamanpira (b. 1965, Iranian Kurdistan) graduated in Persian language and literature. His short films include A Window Facing the Sun (2003) and Water & Mirror (2003), and he has cooperated on others with Batin Ghobadi, brother of Bahman Ghobadi. He and wife Nahid Ghobadi shot 111 Girls as their feature film debut.
About the film
Color, HD CAM
|Section:||Focus on Kurdish Film|
|Director:||Nahid Ghobadi, Bijan Zamanpira|
|Dir. of Photography:||Hamid Ghavmi|
|Editor:||Bahman Ghobadi, Nematollah Narenji|
|Cast:||Reza Behboudi, Mehdi Sali, Amin Sadeghi|