Representation of Gender Identity of Women in the Cinema of War

Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Sociology, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran


This research was conducted with the aim of identifying the gender identity of women in the movies of war period. Four movies of ‘Bashu little stranger’, ‘Gilaneh’ and ‘from Karkhe to the Rhine’ were selected and the kinds of women's identity were identified by using discourse analysis in these movies. In these movies, although women tried to fulfill the expectations of society in the form of traditional women, but they left their impact in a reciprocal relationship that they found with the social, economic and cultural situations. In better words, the use of compensatory dialectic was evident in actions of women to use the opportunities that they obtain and increase the amount of influence and effectiveness in this research.