Iranian Shayda (Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Holy Spider) resides in a women’s shelter in Australia, fleeing her homeland and her abusive husband with her 6-year-old daughter. The Persian New Year celebrations take a harrowing turn when her husband reappears. Once again, Shayda and her daughter’s freedom is jeopardized. Iranian-Australian director Noora Niasari drew from her own experiences to craft her debut script, and that personal connection is evident and deeply felt throughout the film.
Spoken languageEnglish, Persian
ActorsZar Amir Ebrahimi, Mojean Aria, Leah Purcell
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First Feature Competition
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