Lunedì 3 luglio per l’ottava edizione di FESTIL_Festival estivo del Litorale, diretta da Tommaso Tuzzoli e Federico Belliniorganizzata da Tinaos e realizzata con il contributo del MiC, della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia e del Comune di Udine – UdinEstate 2023, con il sostegno della Fondazione Friuli e in collaborazione con il CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, va in scena a Udine alle 21.00 presso la Corte di Palazzo Morpurgo (in caso di pioggia, Teatro Palamostre), in collaborazione tra FESTIL_Festival estivo del Litorale e Teatro Contatto 41 Estateun reading-concert per raccontare il coraggio delle donne: “Leggere Lolita a Teheran” a cura di Cinzia Spanò, dal romanzo bestseller di Azar Nafisi, tradotto in 32 lingue e pubblicato in Italia da Adelphi, rimasto nella lista dei bestseller del «New York Times» per ben 117 settimane.

La vicenda narra la storia vera dell’autrice, costretta a lasciare l’Università dove insegnava a causa delle continue pressioni della Repubblica islamica esercitate sia sui contenuti delle lezioni che sulla vita privata delle persone, in particolare delle donne. Nell’autunno del 1995, dopo aver dato le dimissioni dal suo ultimo incarico accademico, chiede a sette fra le sue migliori studentesse di andare a casa sua il giovedì mattina per parlare di letteratura. Il salotto di casa Nafisi è diventato così, grazie alla letteratura, un luogo di resistenza, da cui guardare alla propria condizione per comprenderla meglio. 

Nel settembre 2022, in seguito alla morte Mahsa Amini, avvenuta subito dopo il suo arresto a Teheran da parte della cosiddetta polizia “morale” iraniana per non avere indossato correttamente il velo, le proteste guidate dalle donne hanno infiammato il Paese. Seguendo l’esempio di Azar Nafisi, Cinzia Spanò, accompagnata dalle musiche al violino di Marta Pistocchi, propone sul palcoscenico la letteratura come forma di resistenza, per non dimenticare e continuare a sostenere a distanza i popoli che lottano contro ogni forma di oppressione. 

Cinzia Spanò vive a Milano. È attrice, autrice e attivista. Cofondatrice dell’associazione Amleta e Premio Amnesty International Arte e diritti umani 2022.

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‘My Stealthy Freedom’ was created in Tehran, Iran and reflects on the forced wearing of the hijab which -for the majority of Iranian women- is the much hated symbol of oppression. Additionally, I wished to break through the stereotype image that many Westerners have of Iran, to create a series that can build a bridge, to connect, so that we can all recognize each other across cultures. Every day, Iranians, especially the women, defy the regime courageously by small acts of defiance. By wearing the hijab too low, the colors too bright, the pants too tight or the manteaux too short. Together these constant acts of bravery are affecting change, slowly but visibly evolving. The regime on the other hand responds to these small acts of rebellion with regular crack-downs – when women are arrested and harassed – and by creating new laws, like the recent ban for women to ride a bicycle. This project came together with amazing and brave women offering to work with me. With the windows of my Tehran apartment covered in tinfoil so that the flash would not be visible from the outside, we were safe to create and let creativity flow. The women threw their brightly colored hijabs in the air and I captured this act of defiance. I will never forget the amazing energy of our time together! Below you’ll find a few reflections of their feelings: “As a girl, I did not wanted to follow a rule that was forced on me! But I had to, coz if something is not obeyed here, there will be consequences! And I did not wanted to trouble myself or my family in any way! So I followed but that did not made me a believer! From the time I went to school I always heard that we all are brothers & sisters! That we are all equal! But in real life.. well there was no equality! Coz I had to cover up for the men! How is that equal?! How come they didn’t have to cover up for me?!” “Revolution happened Iran before I was born , two years before so when I grew up I thought this is how it must be, women should look like that, but when I checked my mom’s photo or I saw movies I found a paradox, why there is difference between us and the other little girls in other countries? I grew up with this paradox, all my teenage hood and after it I had this war inside myself that I didn’t want to wear scarfs or long shirts, I wanted to have wind in my hair, being exposed to sunlight like a normal person! But I didn’t get the real truth until the government made some special police for compulsory hijab called “gashte ershad ” when I got arrested by police and they treat me like a criminal (taking my photo with name , fingerprint,..) I got the bitter truth, I felt like a bird getting stuck in a cage, my natural way of living is different than the way our government and society forced me to be, all my life I tried to respect others believes but literally no one in government has respected mine, at least it has been 10 years that every time I want to go out I felt someone’s oppression and injustice on my head, I really feel imprisoned in scarf and hijab.”
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