“In Iran, I hated being a woman”

Persecuted by the Islamic regime, Golshifteh Farahani left Iran in 2008. Having become French, the eternally rootless 39-year-old actress continued a brilliant international career. Since Mahsa Amini’s death on September 16, three days after her arrest by the Iranian morality police, she has loudly shown her support for the revolt movement in her home country. she.

I wouldn’t have come here if…

If only, by dint of harassment and harassment, the Iranian secret services had not forced me into exile. I had not foreseen this departure, I had never imagined building a life outside my country, far from my people. It was infinitely painful, I paid a high price. My soul is severely crippled and there will be no going back. I have a new identity. But I believe in destiny and in the challenges that force you to grow. And maybe this forced exile finally gave me wings…

You were born in 1983, four years after the Islamic revolution…

And in the middle of the war with Iraq. In other words, in a period of chaos. Watching today’s young protesters, most of whom were born in the 1990s and 2000s, makes me realize how completely burned out my generation has been. Our own early childhood, that pivotal moment when spirit, confidence, and reflexes are forged, was spent under bombs and to the sound of sirens. We saw the fear in the eyes of our parents, we saw the destroyed houses on our street in Tehran. We feel death before we understand life. I belong to a terrified generation. She did not participate in the revolution -that was the great business of her parents- but she lived through the post-revolution, the disaster after the earthquake.

With what consequences?

We had no children. Or very little. This is also what drives the government to intensify its pro-natalist propaganda. Both the old and the young tend to laugh at us. But it’s a fact: Of twenty-five girls in my conservatory class, only six have ever had children. It says how traumatized we are. We do not believe in the future, we have no faith in life. The past is shit; the future does not exist.

Do you perceive a great difference with the generation that today occupies the streets, the secondary schools, the universities of the country?

Enormous ! This generation Z has not known neither the revolution nor the war, it was born in the doldrums, stuck in a country that is a dictatorship. But he has Instagram, TikTok, he knows what is happening in the world, he is irreverent, without complexes or shyness. I have the impression that she is not afraid of anything. Besides, she doesn’t talk like us. Her tone, her vocabulary, her body language are different from ours.

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