Women with mustaches, a self-indulgent king, an imperialistic England, and not at least, a beautiful calico cat, are the main performers in this documentary depicting the power struggles and intrigues of the Persian harem in the second half of the 19th century. The documentary is an investigation into how things became as they are in Iran, but from a perspective that is all too often overlooked: namely, the influential role played by women in the political processes.
Tuesday the 14th of August the documentary "Nasseredin Shah and his 84 Wives" will be screened on Tribeca 1, 6pm. Tickets at $8.
The documentary is directed by the Norwegian artist and filmmaker Beate Petersen.
The documentary, which lasts for 58 minutes, consists of animated sequences, made by Raiavin Studio in Tehran, and old photos, taken by the Persian king Nasseredin Shah, who ruled the country from 1848 to 1896.
"Nasseredin Shah and his 84 Wives" has been screened in Sweden, Zimbabwe, India, Norway, Italy and the US. In Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival it won the price as Best Feature Documentary and Best Foreign Film and was recently awarded as Best Documentary Director in Noor Film Festival in Los Angeles, August 2012.