Googoosh: Iran's Daughter | Chicago Reader

Googoosh: Iran's Daughter

An earnest, exhaustive documentary on Googoosh, the beloved pop diva who became a symbol of modern Iran before the Islamic Revolution silenced her in 1979 (she's currently staging a comeback). Apparently director Farhad Zamani was unable to interview his 50-year-old subject, so he constructs a portrait using clips from newsreels, TV shows, and film appearances from the 1960s and '70s, filled out with reminiscences from the singer's friends and colleagues as well as snippets of pop psychology and sociopolitical cliches from Iranian and American journalists and academics. Running 157 minutes, the film strives to present both a feminist biography and a cultural history of postcolonial Iran, but its sprawling, repetitive narrative eventually becomes a broken record.

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