Runtime: 107 minutes
Language: In English and Persian with English subtitles
Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Country: USA, 2023
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Lesbian, Romance
Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures while boldly challenging the labels that society is quick to project upon her. Leila navigates her relationships from arms length 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, Shirin. Punctuated by a bright color palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, The Persian Version (winning both the Audience Award and Best Screenplay Award at Sundance) 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.