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August 24, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog



In Circumstance, by Maryam Keshavarz, we get a unique look at life in Tehran, the capitol of Iran. Starring teenagers Atafeh (Boosheri) and Shireen (Kazemy), the film focuses on the two teenagers and their budding romance. Atafeh’s brother Mehran (Safai), has returned home from drug rehab and vehemently renounces his former life. Making an about-face, he joins Iran’s morality police, and starts investigating his own family. After finding out about the Atafeh and Shireen’s romance and other “immoral”, and therefore illegal, activities, Mehran begins using this information and the couple’s fear of punishment by the autorities to pry the two apart.


Language: Farsi (with subtitles)

Director: Maryam Keshavarz

Writer: Maryam Keshavarz

Cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasin Pakkho, Sina Amedson, Keon Mohajeri


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