Actress Golshifteh Farahani has been one of the most important global representatives of Iranian cinema, and has starred in 6 Kurdish films to date. Golshifteh Farahani, the lead actress in the Girls of the Sun film screened in the contest portion of the 71st International Cannes Film Festival, has always fought for what she believes in. Ever since she was very young, she positioned herself against discrimination against women. She was sentenced to death for protesting the oppressive policies against women by posing in the nude. Right now Farahani lives in exile in Paris, and says: “I lost my country, but now I have the whole world.”

Farahani is an actress, a musician and an activist. She has been in almost 30 films, and is one of the leading actresses in world cinema today. People throughout the world knew her name when she starred in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies with co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. She garnered attention again with her performance in controversial director Jim Jarmush’s Paterson.


Kurdish cinema audiences also know Golshifteh Farahani very well. She starred in Bahman Ghobadi’s Half Moon, 2 films by Hiner Salem and a total of 6 Kurdish films. Most recently, Farahani starred in the Girls of the Sun by French director Eva Husson, which tells the story of the Kurdish women’s struggle against ISIS and was screened in the contest portion of the 71st International Cannes Film Festival. Farahani played Bahar, a Kurdish commander in the film.

Golshifteh Farahani spoke to the ANF about the fim and the struggle of Kurdish women.

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