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LGBT-Themed Film Circumstance Nears Big-Screen Release

Iranian youth culture. Underground parties. A lesbian romance. A family torn apart.

These are just some of the provocative topics that are explored in the film Circumstance, which takes place in modern-day Iran. The film has been generating big buzz since its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award. 

HRC members got a behind-the-scenes look at Circumstance in the Summer 2011 issue of Equality magazine.

photo courtesy of Maryam Keshavarz“At its core, the story is about Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), falling in love. But it is also so much more…” the article says. “It’s about a family torn apart when progressive parents raise children who cannot be themselves in their own country. And it’s about the hopes and dreams of two girls who want to walk freely through the streets without covering their bodies or being worried about being constantly harassed just for being girls.”

Director Maryam Keshavarz spoke to Equality about the risks she took in making the film (it was shot in Lebanon to protect the cast and crew) and about her hesitation to label it a “political film” or a “lesbian film.”

The film will be screened in select cities as an accompaniment to its release on Aug. 26. It will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Washington, D.C.; Wednesday, Aug. 31 in San Francisco, and Thursday, Sept. 8, in Chicago.

View the movie trailer at the official website for Circumstance, and look for it soon in a city near you.

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