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USA / Iran, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Maryam Keshavarz

"An amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz." - Hollywood Reporter

Two 16-year-old best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, coming of age under the repressive theocracy of Iran, are struggling to deal with their burgeoning desire for one another. In the wake of the growing fanaticism of Atafeh's older brother, Mehran, their fledgling relationship will come to threaten the bonds of their family, and their lives.

A daring and deeply affecting family drama set in modern Tehran, Circumstance offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen backwaters of Iranian society. Fuelled by a propulsive soundtrack and a striking cinematographic verve, Circumstance is a boundary pushing debut from a bold new voice for both Iranian and American cinema.

Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival.

D/S Maryam Keshavarz P Maryam Keshavarz, Karin Chien, Melissa M. Lee, Brian Ringey Hubbard Dist Vendetta Films L Farsi w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011v

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