In Pursuit of Freedom
Short Documentary, 2020.
In Pursuit of Freedom is a glimpse into the history of women’s progress in contemporary Iran. Progressive movements in Iranian modern history have encountered significant defining moments, and the women’s rights movements have been no exception. From extreme forms of suppression, including deprivation of the right to education during the times of the Qajar dynasty, to more recent progressive movements of enlightenment—battling with mandatory hijab laws for the freedom of outfit choice and more—women have persistently sought advancement.
In this experimental documentary, Niloofar shows the progression of the historic eras through a self-reflexive performance, wherein her outfit, coupled with her facial expressions, signify different eras of the progressive movement.