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The Persian Version

1h 46m Comedy, Romance, Drama 2023

In this celebratory story of a young woman in Brooklyn, Leila, strives 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.

Punctuated by a bright color 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 Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance) delivers a universal and timely story of the Iranian-American experience.

“A comedic and beautiful portrait of a Muslim immigrant family caught between the struggles of two cultures and two generations.” Alan Ng, Film Threat

“There is a lovely kookiness to The Persian Version which elevates an essentially straight-up mother-daughter conflict story with myriad snappy visuals and storytelling devices.” -Kim Hughes, Original-Cin


Maryam Keshavarz



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