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#48: Dust-Flower-Flame

Directed by: Shabnam Tolouei
2015 / 67 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Dust-Flower-Flame, ​is a documentary film by Shabnam Tolouei, about the life of Tahirih Qurratu’l-Ayn, a woman of letters, the effect of whose presence on women’s equality movement in the 19th century during the reign of Qajar has continued up until today. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran, it is forbidden to write or talk about Qurratu’l-Ayn. Even her name, or pages and chapters about her, have been removed in later editions of historical or literary books published in Iran. Instead, many sponsored books have been published, in numerous copies, to tarnish her character as an apostate and even a prostitute.