Forough Farrokhzad

forought-1Forough Farrokhzad was born on January 5, 1935 in Tehran, Iran. She attended school until the ninth grade, then moved on to study painting and sewing at a girl’s school for manual arts. At age 16, she was married to Parviz Shapour, an acclaimed satirist Forough and Shapour moved to Ahwaz. A year later, they had their only child, a son named Kamyar. After their divorce in 1954, she moved back to Tehran.

In 1955, she published her first book of poetry, entitled The Captive. Her strong feminine voice made her the focus of much negative attention and open disapproval. In 1958, she spent nine months in Europe and met filmmaker and writer Ebrahim Golestan, who inspired her to express herself and live independently. Her 1962 short film, The House Is Black, a film about Iranians affected by leprosy, won awards worldwide.

On February 13, 1967, at 4:30PM, she died at age 32 in a car accident in Tehran.