The Persian Version


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Nov 24, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Nov 25, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Nov 26, 2023 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Nov 28, 2023 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Nov 29, 2023 4:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Nov 30, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:107 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English, Persian
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Maryam Keshavarz
Cast:Layla Mohammadi
Niousha Noor
Bijan Daneshmand
Bella Warda


Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her.

When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships at arm’s length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life. However, when her secret is unceremoniously revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen (Niousha Noor).

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 both the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz delivers a universal and timely story of the Iranian and the Iranian-American experience.

“Effervescent! Its infectious, fizzy energy is hard to resist!” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Joyous! A combination of exuberant energy, wise-cracking humor and warmhearted emotion!” — Screen Daily