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509 Ratings

The Day I Became a Woman

Roozi ke zan shodam

Directed by Marzieh Makhmalbaf
Iran, 2000
Comedy, Drama


The Day I Became a Woman comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life. By depicting Hava, Ahoo and Houra at turning points in their lives, it provides a commentary on women’s conditions in Iran.

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The Day I Became a Woman Directed by Marzieh Makhmalbaf

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2000 | 4 wins including: Best First Film (CinemAvvenire' Award)

Toronto International Film Festival

2000 | Winner: Discovery Award - Runner-Up

2000 | 2nd place: Discovery Award

Critics reviews

Considered by many as a masterpiece of contemporary cinema, The Day I Became a Woman consists of three interconnected stories: a girl on the brink of ‘womanhood,’ a wife racing on her bicycle to escape the clutches of her husband, and an elderly woman indulging in things that she has once restricted. It’s a poetic and minimalist journey of girls becoming and women in stages of undoing.
March 08, 2017
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All three tales are both allegorical and sensual, and the leisurely pacing of the first is followed by the constant motion of the second. The Surrealist deconstruction of domestic space in the third brings all three characters together, and once again turns the censorship rules into creative opportunities.
September 07, 2015
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Cinema is a tool of revelation and in the right hands it can become a socially important function for change. It often gives weight to narratives that are invisible and lets you crawl inside the stories of people to share their struggles and triumphs. The Day I Became a Woman is a film like that as it tells the story of three different women in the middle east at different stages in their lives, and each story is powerful.
March 11, 2015
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