In my final class today, I screened Abbas Kiarostami‘s 2002 film, Ten.
The preceding lecture addressed female empowerment and the challenges therein, and the multitude of clips, documentaries and movies abounded.
However, while many came close, few captured the sensitivity and deep beauty of Ten.
Over the course of ten journeys, the women (and Mania Akbari‘s son) present the multifacets of women’s lives in Tehran: religion, divorce, love, loss and sex.
But ultimately, it is a film about loss: be it faith, a man, a son, a family or pillows and a duvet, life is all ‘win, lose, win, lose.’
You lose, to win: