March 3, 2024


Showing: Wednesday, March 28 – 8:00 PM
Title: Circumstance
Year: 2011
Country: Iran
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Shireen and Atafeh are young women in heavily censored Tehran who begin a passionate, clandestine affair. Among the many obstacles these occasionally reckless lovers face is Atafeh’s strict Muslim brother. His sinister interest in Shireen sets the stage for a crisis that demonstrates the manner in which religious authoritarianism is rooted in and devoted to the patriarchal control of women. France/USA/Iran, 2011, 107 minutes, in Persian with English subtitles, rated R for sexual content, strong language and some drug use

Winner/Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2011
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“A rhapsodic erotic romance that takes place in a cultural prison, and it pulses with a defiance that would be mischievous if it weren’t so rip-roaringly angry.”  – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“This is a movie about longing, desire, desperation and the abandonment of principle – quite a collection of themes, all universal.” ­– John Anderson, Wall Street Journal