Tales by Rakhshan Bani-E’temad (Iran, 2014, 88 min.). During a career spanning more than three decades, director Rakhshan Bani-E’temad has built a reputation as a defiant and clear-eyed chronicler of her country’s social ills, especially as they affect women. Retrospective in scope, Tales weaves together a series of short films (which are subject to less scrutiny from Iranian authorities than their full-length counterparts are) featuring a number of characters from Bani-E’temad’s previous work. The stories offer a surprisingly candid look at problems ranging from Iran’s corrupt bureaucracy to single motherhood to drug addiction and the AIDS crisis.
In Persian with English subtitles. Presented on DCP.