The Third Woman
TitleThe Third Woman
DirectorMitra Tabrizian
CountryUK
Year1991
Duration20mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionTHE THIRD WOMAN is a drama about an Iranian woman in an Islamic resistance group during the post-revolutionary period. The film begins with her arrival in London to meet Ali, their leader, who is now operating in exile. She has never met him before, but has secretly desired him. She is selected for an important operation to be carried out on her return to Iran. The film is primarily concerned with the question of sexual politics within the 'progressive' Islamic ideology of the Left. The anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist 'movements' of the Left 'rediscover' Islam as a new form of 'identity', independent of the West and its capitalist system. However, within this regime of 'democracy' the woman's identity remains the same. She is either a mother/housewife or a soldier, obeying the Islamic law.