Sunday, January 28, 2:30 pm, Market Hall

Asiyeh

Asiyeh

  • Leila Merat
  • 35 minutes
  • 2017
  • Iran
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:30 pm, Market Hall
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The Magic of Older Women Short Film Program

Meet a warm, no-nonsense bonesetter in northeastern Iran who offers counselling on the side!

Bonesetter Asiyeh Karimi sees patients in her house and makes trips on horseback to offer her services. Emphasizing Auntie Asiyeh’s no-nonsense character, occasional smash cuts underscore the power of her approach to the healing arts. The film’s humour and keen eye allow for a warm and nuanced excursion. A sequence at the teahouse demonstrates Asiyeh’s counselling role: “You didn’t fall off the steps,” Asiyeh informs one woman, accompanied by her husband. Through persistence and gentleness, Asiyeh finds out some uncomfortable truths.