SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 8.30 pm @ BFI Southbank
40th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING FEMINIST CLASSIC: The Sealed Soil + Q&A with director Marva Nabili, hosted by BAFTA-nominated film producer Elhum Shakerifar.
Khake Sar Beh Morh (The Sealed Soil)
Director: Marva Nabili / 1977 / Iran / Rating: PG / 90 mins / Persian with subtitles
Eighteen-year-old Rooy-Bekheir rejects suitor after suitor as she struggles for independence and identity in her southern Iranian village. The Sealed Soil, the first independent feature by an Iranian woman director, was shot clandestinely before being smuggled out of pre-revolution Iran for post-production. It achieved international success, including winning Most Outstanding Film of the Year at the 1977 London Film Festival, but has never been shown in Iran. The beautifully shot film has been compared stylistically to Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman. This is a rare chance to see a feminist classic on the director’s own 16mm print.
“The Sealed Soil is a significant film and an exciting attempt to examine the effect of shifting values and societal upheaval upon a maturing woman”. (B. Ruby Rich)
“Reflects both the resistance of community traditions to the Shah’s grandiose plan for modernisation and the oppressive exploitation of women involved in these community traditions”. (B. Ruby Rich)
Most Outstanding Film of the Year, London Film Festival (1977)
Best New Director, San Remo Film Festival (1977)
Official Selection for International Forum of Youth Film, Berlin International Film Festival (1977)
Ranked #10 in #52FilmsbyWomen, Sara Saljoughi, Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto (2016)
Ranked in 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women, Sight & Sound Magazine, British Film Institute (October 2015)