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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Thursday, April 24, 2003
9:15 a.m. OUR TIMES
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Iran, 2002

(Ruzegar-e ma). A moving and complex portrait of the emerging roles of youth and women in modern Iran, focusing on the 2001 elections. There are over 700 candidates—forty-eight of them women whom the government refuses to recognize. A group of idealistic teenagers have set up a campaign office to promote the popular reformist candidate Mohammed Khatami, the eventual winner. Then, in a focus on one of the women candidates, Arezoo Bayat, we get a look at the other side. Although Bayat's story is full of despair, her strength and ambition remind us of the hope and energy the new generation brings.

—Tessa Swigart

• Photographed by Soheil Noruzi. (75 mins)