In the conclusion of a journey to Iran,Holly Morris explores how Iranian women operate “at the unique intersection of art and politics.” Morris also visits a beauty parlor and watches a dervish whirl. Profiled: poet Pooran Farrakzhad; director Tahmineh Milani, whose films have earned her awards and jail time; and movie star Azita Hagiyan, who describes how veiled actresses handle love scenes: “We do it all with our eyes.”
In a journey to Iran, host Holly Morris looks at “what the ladies are really up to” in the Islamic republic. Part 1 of two features profiles of Shahla Sherkat, who edits a feminist magazine; 78-year-old painter Mokarrameh Ghanbari, whose work includes nudes; sculptor (and presidential advisor) Zahra Rahnavard; and Zahra Moussavi, who owns a taxi company. Her credo: “Drive fast and take the ladies where they want to go.”
Host Holly Morris concludes her two-part search for “stroppy sheilas” (women of distinction) in New Zealand. Among them: Prime Minister Helen Clark and renowned author Keri Hulme. Morris also profiles filmmakers Slima Urale and Gaylene Preston, and three Kiwi farmers of a certain age (they were called “land girls” during WWII). But the focus is on Hulme, an “intellectual bungee jumper” who's a heroine to Morris. Hulme, she gushes, “represents all things diva.”
Part 1 of host Holly Morris's two-part tour of New Zealand in search of “stroppy sheilas” (intriguing women). Included: Maori martial artist Tanya Stanley; economist Marilyn Waring, a former member of the country's parliament (she was first elected at age 22); and pop star Hinewehi Mohi, who caused a stir when she sang New Zealand's national anthem in the Maori language before a 1999 rugby match.
Writer Holly Morris concludes her two-part search for Indian “divas” (women of accomplishment) in Bombay, Ahmadabad and the foothills of the Ganges (where she also takes a dip in the river). Among the divas: a mountain climber (the first woman to climb Mount Everest); a documentary filmmaker who became an anti-prostitution activist; a musician; and a labor organizer who operates a bank that lends small amounts of money to poor women.
Part 1 of two.Writer Holly Morris begins a two-part search for intriguing Indian women “surrounded by sacred chaos” in Delhi. Among them: a pop star whose music roots go deep into the country's past; and Delhi's police chief, whose training regimen for her officers includes meditation.
Writer Holly Morris concludes her “girl-world pilgrimage” to Cuba in search of “divas” (that's what she calls women who intrigue her). Morris also looks at life in the lively but shabby Caribbean Communist redoubt. Take sex: “It's the one thing that Castro can't ration.”
Part 1 of two. Writer Holly Morris tours Cuba in a sassy search for “women who don't wait for their ships to come in but row out and meet them.” Morris hitchhikes, motor-boats and hops a freight to meet these “divas,” then offers her take on life in Fidel Castro's shabby but lively “pinko outpost.”