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Maryam pictured with lead actor Reza Sixo Safai, is looking forward to coming back and screening Circumstance with the awesome, patient, good-willed, PFS audience present last night-
Last night's preview screening of writer/director, Maryam Keshavarz film Circumstance, didn't quite go as expected. A number of technical glitches with the projection and sound equipment at The Prince Theater, unfortunately prevented the screening from taking place.
The premise: In Tehran's underground art scene, two teenagers, Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), experiment with their sexuality. Meanwhile, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai), Atafeh's prodigal son brother, leaves behind his life as a classical musician when he returns home from drug rehab.
To look at this film's description through the eyes of an American, you might say, sounds good, I'll check it out. Looked at through the eyes of an Iranian living in Tehran, this movie is considered contraband. The filmmaker and actors have made sacrifices in getting the film made, putting their family members still living in Iran at risk and jeopardizing their ability to go back into the Country.
Maryam began making the film in 2006 as a thesis project at NYU, she was first given support through Tribeca Film Festival's minority program and more mentor-ship through Sundance Institutes Writing Program.
Beyond her apprehension in writing the film at all, there were many obstacles in casting (World-wide auditions took over a year) and interruption of the editing process in Chile due to an Earthquake. However, perseverance earned her an Audience Award at Sundance 2011.
Watch for PFS announcements of the return of Circumstance.