Iranian women take center stage at Sundance film festival

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Park City (United States) (AFP) – Movies by and about Iranian women took center stage at the Sundance film festival this weekend, as diaspora filmmakers reflected on female-led protests and the deadly challenges of censorship and resistance in their ancestral home. “Joonam,” a documentary about a three-generation family of Iranian women now living in Vermont, and “The Persian Version,” a colorful but candid dramedy which hops between Iran and New York over several decades, received world premieres on Saturday. “Shayda,” a drama directed by Noora Niasari about a Persian woman who flees her abus…

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