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A group of well-dressed people dance in a ballroom.

The Persian Version

  Maryam Keshavarz

  United States     107 minutes


Coming from two countries that are at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance. She embraces her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the ways she’s been defined by each of them. When her big, traditional family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila must confront both her own identity and long-held conflicts — as well as some surprising parallels — with her mother, Shireen.

Punctuated by a bright color palette, snappy comic dialogue, and vibrant dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music. Winning both the Audience Award and Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Maryam Keshavarz delivers a universal and timely story reflecting the Iranian and Iranian-American experience.

 English, Persian with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Anne Carey, Ben Howe, Luca Borghese, Maryam Keshavarz
  •   Maryam Keshavarz
  •   Abolfazl Talooni, Joanne Yarrow, A.C.E.
  •   André Jäger
  •   Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Chiara Stella, Tom Byrne, Shervin Alenabi, Arty Froushan, Samuel Tehrani, Jerry Habibi, Reza Diako, Andrew Malik, Parmida Vand, Ash Goldeh
  •   Rostam Batmanglij
  •   Nyla Hazratjee, Amy Nauiokas
  •   Stage 6 Films, Marakesh Films, Archer Gray Production, AGX, A Bigger Boat


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