Irish Film Institute -SHAYDA


Director: Noora Niasari

117 mins, Australia, 2023, Digital, Subtitled, F-Rated

Shayda (Zar Amir Ebrahimi), an Iranian woman living in Australia, has fled her abusive husband, Hossein (Osamah Sami), and filed for divorce; as the film opens, it is 1995, and she has found refuge in a women’s shelter with her frightened six-year-old daughter, Mona (Selina Zahednia). As Shayda struggles to maintain normalcy for Mona, she is buoyed by the approach of Nowruz, Persian New Year, and by the possibility of a new romantic relationship with sensitive, handsome Farhad (Mojean Aria), who is unaware of her marital status. 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. Noora Niasari’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical feature debut is a beautifully crafted ode to courage and resilience.

There will be Open Captioned screenings at 13.00 on Monday 22nd, and 18.00 on Wednesday 24th.

Notes by David O’Mahony

Book Tickets

Monday 22nd

Wednesday 24th