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Winner Of The 2011 Sundance Audience Award “Circumstance”

IN THEATERS AUGUST 26th! Winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award, this vibrant, sexy drama depicts the rapid changes happening in Iran and throughout the Middle East through the prism of one Tehran family and their rebellious children.

CIRCUMSTANCE recently won the Outfest 2011 Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature (director Maryam Keshavarz) and the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film (Nikohl Boosheri).

About The Film

Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, CIRCUMSTANCE is the story of two vivacious young girls — wealthy Atafeh and orphaned Shireen — discovering their burgeoning sexuality and, like 16 year-old girls anywhere, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.

Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran?s underground scene with youthful exuberance and determination to be themselves. Meanwhile, Mehran returns home from drug rehab, and renounces his former decadent life with a vengeance. His once obsessive practice of classical music soon finds more destructive outlets.

Having lost his parents? trust, Mehran is jealous of Atafeh?s loving relationship with their father and tries to find new meaning in his life. He relentlessly watches his family and slowly becomes estranged from them. As Mehran disapprovingly observes a budding relationship between Atafeh and Shireen, he becomes obsessed with saving Shireen from his sister?s influence.

The once close siblings find themselves at dangerous odds with each other. As violence and desire collide, the once safe haven of the family home becomes increasingly claustrophobic and threatening.

Watch the trailer

5 things to can do to get involved in the campaign to help LGBT people who face discrimination all over the world.

  1. Read about how technology is changing the revolutionary landscape
  2. Understand state-specific laws impacting LGBT rights (Human Rights Campaign)
  3. Learn about gay and lesbian rights in Iran today (Human Rights Watch)
  4. Support the release of an imprisoned Iranian film director (Amnesty Int’l)
  5. Join the movement to promote women’s equality in Iran (Equal Rights Now)


CIRCUMSTANCE will begin rolling out in select cities on August 26th.

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