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Noora Niasari


Edition 2023
117' - 2023 - Drama - Dialogue: English, Farsi
Director: Noora Niasari With: Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Mojean Aria, Leah Purcell
The culture of silence in Australia's Iranian community is exposed in this touching social drama about a woman on the run from her husband.
An Iranian woman living in Australia, Shayda finds refuge in a women’s shelter with her 6-year-old daughter, Mona. Having fled her husband, Hossein, and filed for divorce, Shayda struggles to maintain normalcy for Mona. Buoyed by the approach of Nowruz, she tries to forge a fresh start with new and unfettered freedoms. But when a judge grants Hossein visitation rights, he reenters their life, stoking Shayda’s fear that he’ll attempt to take Mona back to Iran.
“Zar Amir Ebrahimi of Holy Spider delivers a quietly commanding performance as a brave domestic violence survivor who demands a life on her own terms, away from the shadow of her abusive husband, and the patriarchal norms and codes of conduct that suffocate her existence.” - Variety

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Noora Niasari


Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Mojean Aria, Leah Purcell


Noora Niasari

Director of Photography

Sherwin Akbarzadeh


Elika Rezaee


Noora Niasari, Vincent Sheehan

Executive Producer

Cate Blanchett

Production studios

Dirty Films

More information


English, Farsi

Countries of production





Noora Niasari
Vehicles of Memory (short, 2009), Beirut, Under the Bridge (short, 2011), 17 Years and a Day (short, 2013), The Guard (short, 2014), Bellerophon (short, 2014), Castles (short, 2014), High Tide (short, 2015), The Phoenix (short, 2015), Antunez House (2017), Waterfall (short, 2017), Tâm (short, 2020), Shayda (2023)

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