Four Wives - One Man
A film by Nahid Persson, Produced by Setareh Persson & Nahid Persson
Sweden/Iran, 2007, 76 minutes, Color, VHS/DVD, Persian, Subtitled
From Nahid Persson, the filmmaker of the award-winning Prostitution Behind the Veil, comes an intimate portrait of a polygamist family in a rural Iranian village. Persson reveals the intricacies of the relationships between the four wives, their husband, their astoundingly free-spoken mother-in-law and their numerous children. Sometimes humorous and often heartbreaking, this film follows the daily lives of the wives whose situation has turned them into both bitter rivals and co-conspirators against their abusive husband.
Persson's camera unobtrusively and beautifully captures the range of the family's interactions - from peaceful, pastoral scenes of a family picnic, to the temporary chaos caused by a broken faucet in the kitchen, to a furtive, whispered conversation between two wives about the latest beating. The women's work - making bread, weaving carpets, milking and herding the sheep - provide the background to their frank conversations. Avoiding sensationalism and sentimentality, this film provides unique insights into the practice of polygamy and its effect on the women involved.
recorded from more4 broadcast on the 2nd of September, 2008