Circumstance 15

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This film was last shown on 22 February 2019

Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, and filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls – Atafeh and Shireen – discovering their burgeoning sexuality whilst struggling with the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.

Winner of the Sundance Audience Award, Circumstance is a thrilling exposé of an Iranian culture that is rarely seen. Maryam Keshavarz’s directorial debut is an expressive film that challenges pre-conceived ideas about Iranian society and questions what it means to come of age in a world that is sometimes hostile to who you are becoming.


Maryam Keshavarz
107 mins
France / Iran (subtitled)
Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Sarah Kazemy


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