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Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

2011, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran

100 minutes

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HOUSTON IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Good Bye

Bé omid é didar

From the director of The White Meadows (a favorite from 2010’s Iranian Film Festival), Good Bye is the story of Noora (Leyla Zareh), a Tehran lawyer in search of a visa to leave the country. Recently disbarred for participating in activist campaigns against the government, Noora is pregnant and alone, her husband exiled because of his role as a political journalist. But Noora’s problems are compounded by her gender: women are not allowed to drive, cannot get medical procedures or check into a hotel without a male family member’s consent, and cannot take charge of simple transactions, like getting a security deposit back, without being harassed or cheated. Fed up, she decides to leave the country with the help of an Iranian version of a “coyote.” The title literally translates as “hope to see you again,” and the film’s action mimics director Rasoulof’s situation during the winter of 2010-2011 as he received a one-year prison sentence and twenty-year ban on filmmaking.

A reception in the museum's galleries follows Sunday's screening.