The Persian Version

Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Leila is a young Iranian-American woman living in Brooklyn. Striving to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while challenging the labels society projects upon her. 

When her boisterous family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila keeps her “real” life separate from her family life. But when her secret is revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen.  

Punctuated by a bright colour palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.  

Winning the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz delivers a universal and timely story of the Iranian-American experience. 

107 minutes

English and Persian

Partial English

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