For Teachers and Students (6): Discussion Questions for The Day I Became A Woman (Marziyeh Meshkini, 2001)

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Discussion questions for The Day I Became A Woman (Marziyeh Meshkini, 2001)

  1. Discuss what the names of the three major female characters (Havva, Ahoo and Houra) signify in the film. Make a comparison between these three characters: In what way(s) are they different from one another? What do they have in common?
  2. Why do you think the director shot the film in Kish Island? What could the island signify as a setting? How does it contribute to our understanding of the women’s situation in the story?
  3. Find symbols of confinement in each tale and comment on them.
  4. Find example(s) of how women interiorize male domination in the first tale.
  5. Women cycling and men riding a horse form a binary opposition in the film. What does this opposition signify?
  6. What does each group of men trying to stop Ahoo signify about the context in which she lives?
  7. What does the bicycle race symbolize in the film?
  8. What do you think the director could be telling us by depicting the boys on the beach? Could their game be a metaphor?
  9. Why do you think the old woman in the third tale is on a shopping spree? What message could the director be conveying through this spree?
  10. Why does the old woman call the transparent teapot a shameless teapot?
  11. The old woman cannot remember what the last knot on her fingers is for. What do you think it is for?
  12. Identify some major themes in the film and comment on them.
  13. In what way(s) do you think the film is different from Hollywood films?
  14. In your view, is Meshkini an activist? Why? Why not?

© Ali Nihat Eken, İstanbul, 2007