Resistance Cinema

One Thousand Women

Directed by: Mojgan Ilanlou
Production Year: 2022   Country: Iran    Length: 72 minutes


Documenting the endless struggles of a group of female wrestlers in a strictly patriarchal and religious society, One Thousand Women follows these young women’s journey in sport, tackling overwhelming obstacles to find their space in the exclusively masculine realm of wrestling in Iran. With a long list of limitations and restrictions imposed on them by the Iranian authorities, such as a strict Islamic dress code and a ban on wrestling with Israeli athletes, the head of the federation resigns in protest, leaving the female wrestlers alone in their quest. Directed by one of the brightest voices of Iranian documentary film, imprisoned by the Iranian regime in October 2022 during the uprisings in Iran, One Thousand Women is a powerful group portrait of some exceptionally strong women engaged in a never-ending fight for equal opportunities.


Director: Mojgan Ilanlou
Producers: Samira Baradari
Cinematographer: Alireza entezari
Production Designer: Mohammad Reza Shojaie
Composer: Heyyan saidi
Editor: Farid Daghaghele
Sound Design: Hossein Ebrahim


Maryam Eram
Zahra Yazdani
Fateme Kadkhoda
Mehda Haddadi
Yegane Garib
Susan Soleiman
Asiye Shojaei

In Competition – Feature Films

In Competition – Feature Films