Tahmineh Milani was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1960, she graduated in architecture but embarked on a career in filmmaking, beginning with a screenwriting workshop in 1979. She apprenticed as script girl and assistant director on several films, then authored a screenplay for Mohammad Reza Alami's Love and Death.
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Tahmineh Milani has taken on touchy topics, from women's struggles in a male-run society to misconceptions about the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Her most recent film, The Hidden Half, landed her in jail, in 2001, after the Tehran Revolutionary Court took exception to her depiction of the events in '79 and charged her with supporting counterrevolutionaries. The film features a woman's memories of working with leftist rebels in her university days after the victory of revolution. She's also portrayed a young girl's love of an older man before marriage, which raised an ethical issue. Khatami's reformist government, which approved the film before it was made, leapt to her defense and she was consequently released from jail after two weeks.
"One of the most important problems that we are faced with in Iran's society is that we are unable to express our true personality…," she says. "For both men and women, their lives inside their homes where it is private is one way and outside of their homes where they have to observe social regulations it is another way… Our women also have two faces inside their homes: the image of what their spouses or their spouses' families want them to have, and what is inside them."
2011 - Yeki Az Ma Do Nafar (One of Our Two), Director 2011
2008 - Superstar, Director
2007 - Tasvie Hesab (Settling Scores), Director
2006 - Atash-Bast (Cease Fire), Director
2005 - Zan-e Ziadi (The Unwanted Woman), Director
2003 - Vakonesh Panjom (The Fifth Reaction), Director
2001 - Nimeh-ye Penhan (The Hidden Half), Director
1999 - Do Zan (Two Women), Director
1994 - Kakadu, Director
1992 - Digeh che khabar? (What Else Is New?), Director
1991 - Afsaneh-ye Ah (The Legend of Sigh), Director
1989 - Bache-haye Talagh (Children of Divorce), Director
Best director, Best film and Best screenplay for The Unwanted Woman, 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival, 2006
Best film for The Unwanted Woman, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2005
Grand Prix 'Cinéma Tout Ecran' for The Fifth Reaction, Geneva Cinéma Tout Ecran, 2003
Best Screenplay for The Fifth Reaction, 27th Cairo International Film Festival, 2003
Best Artistic Contribution for The Hidden Half, 25th Cairo International Film Festival, 2001
Award for best screenplay for Two Women, Iran's Fajr International Film Festival, 1999