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Egyptian cinema is as influential in the region as American cinema is in the rest of the world, earning Cairo the title of "Hollywood" of the Middle East.
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was a prominent Iranian female filmmaker born in Teheran, 1954. By focusing on reality instead of manipulating the integrity of the documentary to push her perspective, Bani-Etemad lets the Iranian people's experiences in daily life speak for itself.
Leaving is not the same (7 min)
Yafa Goawily
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I spend more than an hour every day in the ladies' room at my university. Alone with other young women, I get a chance to talk, smoke, cry, and everything in between.

In the restroom, hidden from view, all girls feel normal - they are who they are and not who they are expected to be. 

After all this time spent in the ladies' room and listening to so many stories, I decided to make a film about these experiences. I was inspired to show a side of young women today that is usually kept hidden.

Leaving is not the same takes an intimate look at the girls without their makeup, their veils or any other constraints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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