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599 Ratings

The Day I Became a Woman

Roozi ke zan shodam

Directed by Marzieh Makhmalbaf
Iran, 2000
Comedy, Drama


Three interconnected vignettes depict women of various generations at turning points in their lives. In the first episode, Hava is about to celebrate her 9th birthday. The second part follows a girl’s cycling race. In the last episode, an old woman dreams about buying everything she couldn’t afford.

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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

The film offers images of enormous psychological power—images that ought to haunt both the memory and the subconscious of anyone who sees them.
August 16, 2019
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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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