The Story of Gordafarid
All Films • 34m
Directed by Hadi Afarideh • 2008 • Iran
Naqali (Musical Narration) is an Iranian traditional solo theatre in which only men are allowed to perform. As a matter of fact, it's been forbidden for women to appear in a Naqali performance. The place for this theatre has usually been teahouses & public squares. A Naqali play is called a Scroll. The Scrolls are derived from ancient legends or historical stories, as well as Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), written by the greatest Iranian epic writer, Ferdowsi, who is widely classified along with Homer. This documentary recounts the story of the very first female Naqal in Persian history, Fatemeh Habibizad, aka Gordafarid
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