Interview with Mania Akbari, the director of the film “How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish”, interviewer Dhanushka Gunathilake
"It was a dialogue between society and cinema." - Mania Akbari
A deeply personal, unique and revolutionary hybrid documentary, constructed from private footage, poetry and precious archives, edited from nearly 70 Iranian feature films, silent comedies and musicals made and screened before 1979 and now strictly censored, forbidden and banned. “How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish” is dedicated to the brave women of Iran who are fighting for their rights and freedom.
Mania Akbari began working as a painter, participating in exhibitions both in Iran and abroad. In 2000 she played the leading part in Kiarostami’s "Ten". Her first full-length feature film "20 Fingers" (2004) was also screened at the PÖFF film festival. In 2007, Akbari was diagnosed with breast cancer, her struggle with the disease becoming one of the key themes of her films and art work.