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Director: Ayat Najafi.
Starring: Sara Najafi, Elise Caron, Jeanne Charal.


This extraordinary documentary is in turn fascinating, moving and amusing. After the 1979 Islamic revolution women were not allowed to sing solo in public in Iran as it is considered ‘anti-Islamic’. Sara Najafi, a young composer, is trying to organise a joint concert in Tehran with French women singers. She struggles against the teachings that women’s singing can arouse men, as female voices are 9 times more tender than men's. Fortunately, combining women’s voices can dilute this tenderness and so it is OK for women to sing in groups, especially if joined by male singers. But revolution is again in the air.

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