Winner of the Audience Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, The Persian Version is a joyous and heartfelt portrait of a queer, Iranian-American daughter and her Iranian mother confronting the secrets they have kept from one another. Leila (Layla Mohammadi) has spent her life navigating the opposite expectations of American and Iranian culture while boldly embracing her dual identity. When her family reunites in New York City for her father's heart transplant, Leila is forced to spend time with her mother Shireen (Niousha Noor), and abruptly reveals that she's pregnant. Leila's pregnancy forces her and her mother to notice the parallels between their lives and for Shireen to share what she has long kept hidden from her only daughter. Filled with bright colors, quick wit, and unexpected dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers a relatable story of family, belonging, and staying true to oneself.
Director(s): Maryam Keshavarz
Starring: Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Chiara Stella, Tom Byrne, Shervin Alenabi
Language(s): English, Farsi with English subtitles
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