SHAYDA director sources true life experiences for compelling mother/daughter drama at Sundance Film Festival

SteveRamosMedia
2 min readJan 26, 2023

An Iranian mother fights to protect herself and her daughter from an abusive husband in the compelling drama Shayda.

SHAYDA is premiering in the World Dramatic Section of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Jane Zhang.

Can a Sundance drama ignite a women-led revolution in Iran? The compelling mother/daughter melodrama, SHAYDA, makes the case. Writer/director Noora Niasari sources her own childhood experiences to tell the story of Shayda (Zar Amir Ebrahimi), an Iranian mother living in an Australian women’s shelter. Shayda is hiding to protect herself and her young daughter Mona (Selina Zahednia) from an abusive husband named Hossein (Osamah Sami).

SHAYDA, premiering in the World Dramatic Section of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, is not about the present-day Iranian protests per se. However, its scenes of female bravery, sisterhood, and strength against male cruelty provide a powerful boost to the women-led revolution. I believe that Watching Shayda will inspire audiences to chant “Women, life, freedom” and join the Iranian Women’s Rights Movement.

Niasari lifts SHAYDA above a Lifetime channel melodrama level with empathetic storytelling, realistic performances, and a natural visual style. World cinema fans will recognize the humanistic characteristics of the Dardenne brothers (Rosetta, Lorna’s Silence) and a…

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