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 language

English, Persian




Noora Niasari


Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Mojean Aria, Leah Purcell

This film is screened on:

Shayda Almost sold out
Saturday 28 October
16:15 - 18:12
Kijkhuis 1
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Monday 30 October
13:30 - 15:27
Trianon 1
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Tuesday 31 October
21:15 - 23:12
Kijkhuis 2
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Shayda Almost sold out
Saturday 4 November
13:45 - 15:42
Trianon 3
€12,00 (Standard ticket)

First Feature Competition

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