FEST OF DUTY

JASHN-E TAKLIF

By Firouzeh KHOSROVANI

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Documentary - Completed 2014

Fest of Duty, is about a religious ceremony in Iran designed to instil Islamic beliefs and values
into girls, when they reach the age of nine. The documentary follows two adolescent girls as they
transition into adulthood, eight years after their official Fest of Duty.

Festivals
& Awards

IDFA 2014
Oxfam Global Justice Award
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAN
    • Languages
    • PERSIAN
    • Duration
    • 60 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Firouzeh KHOSROVANI
    • Synopsis
    • The hall is packed with chattering Iranian schoolgirls wearing lilac robes and white hijabs. An
      imam explains to them that at nine years old they have reached the “age of duty.” This, he says,
      is the moment at which puberty begins, bringing with it all the accompanying religious precepts.
      Carefree days are over, and from now on the angel on the right shoulder and the devil on the left
      will be there watching, weighing up good and evil. At the instigation of the imam, the girls
      dutifully chant when they should or should not wear the hijab. Greeted by loud cheering, a
      whipped cream version of the Kaaba is sliced up. The scenes of this school ceremony were
      recorded in 2005. Eight years later, filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani visits two of the children she
      filmed: the cousins and former best friends Melika and Maryam. What’s been happening to
      them in the meantime? In the intimate confines of their own surroundings, the two young
      women talk about their past and present, and how they see their future. Maryam wears her
      hijab with full conviction and shares her existential doubts with God. Melika dreams of a career
      as an actress, paints her nails, and posts selfies on Instagram.
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