Essay on The Day I Became A Woman

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Lastly, Williams finished the three definitions with social definition of culture. He defines this as, “culture is a description of a particular way of life, which expresses certain meanings and values not only in art and learning, but also in institutions and ordinary behavior” (Williams, 1961). Defining the social elements such as tradition and language, invites audience’s experiences that they probably never would see firsthand without film. The film chosen for this last definition is, The Day I Became a Woman, directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film illustrates the lives of three females living in Iran. The traditions and values of this culture enforce connotation within the film. At nine years old a girl reaches maturity, and the law states that she must cover her hair and cannot be in the presence of strange men without her family members. The second woman defies her husband’s wishes and the result is the whole village turns against her. This also results in her brothers returning her to her husband by force. The last woman is the elderly widow, and at this stage in her life is allowed to purchase items denied to her most of her life.
Therefore, all three definitions intertwine, and most of the movies within the class delineate more than one. All films could be considered a documentary in small fractions. Every work of art portrays slivers of truth from life. Even the movies that are filmed for entertainment embed real life choices in order to create an image of…

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