Filmmaker Mohammed Shirvani examines the role of women in Iranian culture by way of the kitchen in this documentary. In The Iranian Cookbook, Shirvani interviews six housewives from Iran (all are either relatives or close friends of the director) as they prepare special meals for the celebration of Ramadan. The women show off their own special culinary touches and reveal the time and effort required by their work in the kitchen. But as they cook, along with cuisine, they also share their feelings about their role in the household, how little most men how or care about their labors, and how housework and kitchen detail reflects their role in a male-dominated society. As several generations of women are represented, the film also offers a perspective on how the role of women is changing in Iran -- and how far it has to go. The Iranian Cookbook was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, where it was screened as part of a program on Culinary Cinema.
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