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FILM MAKER:

A Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz was born in Iran on 1984. She has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. Since 2002 she has been working as a documentary filmmaker, journalist and researcher for documentary film projects. She is Co-founder of visual documentary magazine” From Tehran” and she is also Co-founder of a website on documentary film issues “ Vamostanad “ from 2009 in Iran. She has made some awarded documentary films on social issues which have premiered in IDFA,Thessaloniki, Sheffield,Tribeca,…
She established her documentary film production “ MinDoc Film Production “ in Iran on 2013. She has experience as a jury member in National and International film festivals and participated in different workshops and pitching forums around the world. She could fundraise her new film “ Braving the Waves” through IDFA Bertha Fund, Sorfond, SIB, Fritt Ord and…

Recently she has finished 3 part of new documentary game in co-production with Buthch&Sundance Production Company based in Netherlands.

Director’s note:

As a woman who is living and working in Iran, a conservative and male-dominated society where women’s share of job opportunities is less than 1%, I know how difficult it is to be successful in your job and to reach your goals. I always wanted to show an Iranian woman’s efforts in fighting for equal opportunities and reaching her goals and dreams. I wanted to show the Iranian woman as a powerful person, not as a victim. When I met Roghieh, I was sure she is one of these women who are struggling to reach her goals.

Four years ago I made a trip to Minab and I was interested in visiting Thursday Bazaar since I knew that most of vendors there are women. In a small room in the Bazaar, I met Roghieh for the first time while she was organizing women vendors. I felt that I would like to document her situation.

After talking to her about her job, she invites me to follow her on her trip to a small village near Minab for registering women in her NGO. When I told her that I want to make a film about her, she said: “I wish to write my story … but I’m sure you’ll give up following me because I work so hard”.

Nevertheless, her dramatic situation with the Bazaar, the mayor, other women vendors, her husband and children, inspired me to document her story. While following her in the course of these three years, I witnessed that we as Iranian women have to fight for our rights and to prove ourselves in our professions, much more than men.

Making this film, I would like to find answers to the questions raised by Roghieh, but also by me:

• Will she be successful in a male-dominated society or will she, eventually, give up?
• How does she find a balance between being a wife, a housewife and a businesswoman?
• Will her family give up supporting her?
• Will she win the court case against the municipality and the mayor?

This is a character driven film with an observational approach. So far I have been following Roghieh for more than two years through her daily work and life as she fights her battle against the mayor and other authorities as well as against family, social relations and forces that try to stop or slow her down in her struggle to keep the Thursday Bazar in place.

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