How dare you have such a rubbish wish

Mania Akbari, Iran / UK, 2022, 72 min., documentary, OmeU

Journey into the World of Women in Popular Iranian Cinema of the Pre-Revolution is above all a story of oppression, exploitation, and emancipation, told through nearly 100 excerpts from films mostly banned in Iran. Thus, the cinematic essay traces the origins of the violent rejection of women and demystifies the image of pre-revolutionary Iran. It relentlessly exposes the “male gaze,” the male gaze that sexualized and objectified women in film even in the relatively free years before the revolution. HOW DARE YOU HAVE SUCH A RUBBISH WISH develops into a visual voyage of discovery to the roots of the oppression of the female body in Iran.