Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The First Female Naqqal in Persian History

 Story of Gordafarid
"Naqqali (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 Naqqali performance. The place for this theatre has usually been teahouses & public squares. A Naqqali 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 Naqqal in Persian history, Fatemeh Habibizad, aka Gordafarid"

In this documentary, the courageous, brave and progressive actress and educator, Habibizad, speaks about her experience in becoming a Naqqa. She goes through an absolutely manly world to preserve Epic Persian poetry as well as  becoming a true voice of Iranian women!

اولین زن نقال در ایران امروز، پیشرو، شجاع و جستجو گر، فاطمه حبیبی زاد در یک فیلم مستند.
گر مرید راه عشقی فکر بد نامی مکن
شیغ صنغان خرقه رهن خانه خمار داشت
زنانشان چنین اند ایرانیان
چگونند گردان و جنگ آوران

هر آنکس که شهنامه خوانی کند
اگر زن بود پهلوانی کند

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