“I hated being a woman in Iran”

Hunted by the Islamic regime, Golshifteh Farahani left Iran in 2008. After becoming French, the 39-year-old actress, uprooted forever, continued a glittering international career. Since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, three days after her arrest by the Iranian vice squad, she has expressed her support loud and clear. to the uprising in his country of origin.

I wouldn’t have come here if…

If only the Iranian secret services had not forced me into exile through harassment and intimidation. I had not foreseen this departure, I never thought to build 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 turning back. I have a new identity. But I believe in destiny and the challenges that force you to grow. And maybe this forced exile has finally given 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. When I observe today’s young protesters, most of whom were born in the 1990s and 2000s, I understand how my generation has been completely burned. Our own early childhood, that crucial moment when mind, confidence and reflexes are forged, took place under bombs and the roar of sirens. We saw the fear in our parents’ eyes, we saw the destroyed houses in our street in Tehran. We felt death before we understood life. I belong to a terrorized generation. She didn’t participate in the revolution – that was her parents’ big business – but she lived 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 step up its pronatalist propaganda. Both young and old tend to laugh at us. But the fact is, of the twenty-five girls in my conservatory class, only six had children. It tells how traumatized we are. We don’t believe in the future, we don’t believe in life. The past is shit; the future does not exist.

Do you notice a big difference from the generation that today occupies the streets, the high schools, the universities of the country?

Enormous! This Generation Z has known neither revolution nor war, they were born in the doldrums, stuck in a country that is a dictatorship. But she has Instagram, TikTok, she knows what’s going on in the world, she’s irreverent, without complex or shyness. I don’t think she’s afraid of anything. Besides, she doesn’t talk like we do. His tone, his vocabulary, his body language are different from ours.

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