BROODING presents the viewer with a moving depiction of the woman in the Middle East, her social depression, and the limitations imposed upon her by social order and tradition. A group of elderly women methodically sift through piles of wool, as their ancestors have done for thousands of years. Melancholic singing voices are layered with the sounds of their beating sticks as if these women are ceremoniously whipping themselves and their world. Through Balassanian’s lens, this domestic act of work is turned into a ritual of sorts, where a woman’s inner world and spiritual depression are shown as interwoven symbols.
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