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117  minutes | 2022 | Australia | Narrative | 🔊 English and Persian | English Sub. | Age Rating


An Iranian woman living in Australia, Shayda finds refuge in a women’s shelter with her frightened 6-year-old daughter, Mona. Having fled her husband, Hossein, and filed for divorce, Shayda struggles to maintain normalcy for Mona. Buoyed by the approach of Nowruz (Persian New Year), she tries to forge a fresh start with new and unfettered freedoms. But when a judge grants Hossein visitation rights, he re-enters their life, stoking Shayda’s fear that he’ll attempt to take Mona back to Iran.


TUE, 28 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 1 | 12:00

WED, 29 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 1 | 14:15


Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Noora Niasari

Noora Niasari

Tehran born, Australian raised, Noora is a Writer/Director/Producer and Co-Founder of Parandeh Pictures. Her debut feature film, SHAYDA starring Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Executive Produced by Cate Blanchett – premiered in the World Dramatic Competition of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it won the coveted Audience Award and was sold to Sony Pictures Classics.

Noora initially studied architecture, but found herself irrevocably drawn to the power of cinema.

In 2020, Noora released her short film, T M a 12-minute one-shot thriller starring Jillian Nguyen, described by FILMINK magazine as “intense, visceral and thought-provoking.” T M competed at the 2020 CinefestOZ Film Festival, MIFF 68 ½, and Oscar Qualifying Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festivals.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Dirty Films, Screen Australia, Parandeh Pictures, Origma 45 Production

Producer Vincent Sheehan, Noora Niasari

Main Cast Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, Selina, Zahednia, Rina Mousavi

Screenplay Noora Niasari

Cinematographer Sherwin Akbarzadeh

Editor Elika Rezaee

Notable Achievement

Audience Award – World Cinema Dramatic Competition | Sundance Film Festival, 2023

Locarno Film Festival, 2023

Toronto International Film Festival, 2023



Tâm (2020)

Waterfall (2017)