a lawyer in modern-day Tehran, loses custody of her seven-year-old son after her
divorce from a powerful businessman. The boy's diabetes is made worse because
the father is more interested in work than in domestic duties, and the young mother
finds herself doing her exhusband's chores during her twice-weekly visits.
situation forces Sharzard to take matters into her own hands.
a tightly wound family drama anyone can relate to, ONE THOUSAND WOMEN LIKE ME
also offers a first-hand look at how young sophisticates live in a severely patriarchal
society. As the title suggests, Sharzad's case is hardly unique as institutions
are clearly biased against women--even highly competent ones--a
clear by the courtroom where separate entrances exist for men and women. A fascinating
look at Iranian culture and politics.