This Iranian documentary follows two self-taught female carpenters, among the first in Iran. Leila Avakh and Sedigheh Momennia embarked on an unconventional journey to fulfil their dream of owning their own carpentry shop against all odds. But their feminist ambition is even greater. They want to help make it possible for other women to work with wood – in a country where (not only) carpentry is considered a strictly masculine affair and is a profession that requires an official license that is not available to women.
She studied Persian literature and is a member of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association. In addition to directing and producing documentaries, she also writes about literature, women, and film. With Woodgirls – A Duet for a Dream, she has won awards at the Rome Independent Cinema Festival and the Calcutta CICFF. Her films Dawn That Smelled of Lemon (2013) and The Hidden Side of The Moon (2016) streamed on MUBI.
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