‘Ballad of a White Cow’ Co-Directors on Depicting Struggle for Female Empowerment and Justice in Iran

Iranian multihyphenate Maryam Moghaddam was last seen on screen in Berlin in Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi’s “Closed Curtain,” which in 2013 won the Silver Bear for best script. She’s back as protagonist of “Ballad of a White Cow,” which Moghaddam also co-directed and co-wrote with her partner Behtash Sanaeeha. The pic features a potent central character named Mina, the struggling single mother of a deaf daughter contending with the consequences of a blatant injustice: her husband Babak has been executed for a crime he did not commit.

As Mina battles for a public apology from the judges who erroneously served her husband’s death sentence, a stranger, Reza (Alireza

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