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Directed by Sadaf Foroughi

Iran, Canada 2017 103 mins. In Persian

Ava’s life is dictated by rules. Coming of age in Iran, she faces pressure to conform to the expectations of her parents, her school, and her friends. When her mother takes her to an ob-gyn to confirm her virginity, Ava rebels, opening a rift that reveals secrets her parents have hidden from their only daughter. While rooted in the context of contemporary Iranian society, the film’s themes of family secrets, how a culture of authority can force denial and detachment, and teenage rebellion are universal. Winner of the International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) and Honorable Mention as Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, First Feature. In Persian with English subtitles.

First feature

Reviews: Cinema Scope, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Hollywood Reporter
Interviews: Seventh Row



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