That's a Wrap

Parastou "Paris" Malek

A film class provides Paris Malek the role of a lifetime.


Transcript of the video interview:

"I took a video production class during May Term, and it was, our class was a women's study class. It was like two art classes combined. So, the women's study class and the art class combined into one, and we had to--I was in the women's study class--so we had to make a movie that included a woman in it, and a story about a woman.

"So, I decided to make the movie about something that I kind of felt passionate about. I made the movie about an Iranian girl who was oppressed by her government--the Muslim government in Iran--and had a pretty difficult life. And when she moved to America, she experienced a lot of different things here, and realized that even in America it's possible to be oppressed.

"I was in the movie; I was the star. But, I got to write the script, and I got to direct it, and there were two girls who helped me a lot on the editing part and the filming.

"But we were able to make the movie, and actually the movie is in Farsi, but has English subtitles. That made it kind of unique next to the other films that were made in the class.

"It was just a five-minute movie, but I had so much fun with it, and it was a great experience.

"The professors were awesome. They were professional filmmakers, and they were just very encouraging, and it turned out great, and they actually, at the end, they told me that I could maybe send it to the film festivals. So, that was great."

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