Shayda M

Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Selina Zahednia smiling lovingly at each other in a still from the film Shayda, 2023.
10 August
Arc Cinema
Dir: Noora Niasari, M, Australia, 2023, 118mins, DCP,

Iranian immigrant and mother Shayda (Zar Amir Ebrahimi) and her young daughter seek refuge in a women’s shelter during Persian New Year. 

A bold new film from Iranian-Australian writer-director Noora Niasari (with Cate Blanchett as Executive Producer), Shayda presents both a compelling depiction of the effects of family violence, and a tender portrait of culture and motherhood.

This recent release won the 2023 Sundance Audience Award and won the Best Director prize at the Australian Directors Guild Awards

‘Ebrahimi gives a performance that, even in immense isolation, tells a whole story on its own and leaves a lingering impression long after the film itself comes to a close’ – Collider

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