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The Hidden Half (2001)
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The Hidden Half (2001)
Original name: نيمه پنهان
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes him a letter to read when he reaches the hotel - the story of her student days during the revolution of 1978. We see the story in flashbacks as he reads: she leaves her province on scholarship, joins a Communist youth group, avoids arrest, and comes under the sway of a suave older man, Roozbeh Javid, a literary-magazine editor. As she tells her husband about the hidden half of her life, Fereshteh asks that he listen to the woman facing execution, a woman and therefore one of Iran's hidden half.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, captivating, realistic, intellectual, contemplative
Plot: militant, rebellion, injustice, fighting the system, woman in danger, legal action, feminism, life is a bitch, couples, legal, society, rebelliousness, political unrest, state affairs, couple relations, fight, women's rights, husband wife relationship, secret, social activism, death row, unfulfillment, religions or cults, love, police ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east

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Goodbye (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 105 min.
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Two Women (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 95 min.
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The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
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Plot: politics, pregnancy, on the run, abortion, rebellion, prostitute, life is a bitch, society, friendship, injustice, women's rights, discrimination ...
Time: 70s
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Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
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Orange Honey (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
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Sub terra (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
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Duration: 104 min.
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At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 124 min.
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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
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Damaged Care (2002)
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On the Path (2010)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 98 min.
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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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