"The Circle" an Iranian movie by Jafar Panahi
James and I watched this film last night. Many thoughts are roaming around in my head regarding this film.
One- this is NOT Light and Fuzzy. It is pretty grim at times, not because of any physical violence or bad language.
Two - it would appear that the only crime any of these women committed was being born a female.
Three - dialogue is sparse, with subtitles, so it is quite easy to follow.
Four - it will make any Western woman be very aware of how very lucky she is to not have been born in some areas of the world.
This is almost done as a docu-drama, takes place in less then 24 hours. At the onset the screen is black - there is nothing wrong with the DVD or your player - you will hear moans, groans and cries, as a baby is brought into the world. The maternal grandmother learns that her daughter has just given birth to a baby girl, and so the journey begins....... Doom and gloom
Having lived in North Africa, I have never taken for granted the freedoms with which I am blessed, by an accident of birth. From now on, I believe that when I hear news of women being imprisoned in Middle Eastern countries, I will consider their plight in an entirely new way.
Maybe this is a film some of you will want to forego, but I hope that this film will make, those of you who do consider watching it, aware of how very hard women in other parts of the world really do have it.