in the villages of Hormozgan Province coast of
the Persian Gulf, usually cover their face
with a black mask so that no one can see them
face except their close relatives in the
privacy of their homes.
, an experimental health care servicewoman at
Salakh village of Queshm Island , had to take
her mask off and wear
nursing uniform in 1985 when she
decided to became a registered nurse. She is
the only woman in Queshm Island who removed
her face cover. She is also the first woman
islander working outside her home.
character provided the motivation for the
making of the movie Zinat. I was still curious
about her when I found out that she has
nominated herself for the village council of
Salakh village. The elections were held on 26
February 1999, when for the first time in the
course of social developments in Iran
plebiscites are to be held for the village and
city councils, elections that were to play an
essential role in the shifting for power and
restoration of democracy in Iran. Another
characteristic of the elections was that there
were women nominees. To me, Zinat as the only
female nominee in Salakh was an example of
such a presence. So, I decided to make a
documentary on video in this subjecy.
On the election day, the camera being
trapped in Zinat’s house witnesses events
disputes and arguments which showes
is the first woman from the Island of Qeshm in
the south of Iran to remove the traditional
veil (Boregheh) worn in this region in order
to work as a nurse. She became the Director of
the village health clinic
13 years ago, and then became involved in
social and political activities. On the 26th
of February, 1999, she presents herself as a
candidate in the local elections organized in
Iran under the direction of President Khatami.
Since it was forbidden to film in public the
day of the elections. Mokhtari installs his
camera in Zinat's house and records the
positive and negative reactions expressed by
Zinat's visitors, in particular on the subject
of the woman's place in Iranian society. She
wins the most votes in her village. The
following day, the elections over, Mokhtari
shows the village and the daily life of its
habitants and presents Zinat's intentions, as
a newly elected representative, to improve the
living conditions of her fellow villagers.
& Editor: Ebrahim Mokhtari
manager: Afsar Nazari
Producer: Playfilm - Ebrahim Mokhtari
Beta cam SP, 53 min, color, 2000.
"ZINAT ,une journée particuliére"
by Agnés Bozon-Verduraz
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