"The greatest asset of SHAYDA is its unmistakably feminine spirit of perseverance, one that runs wild and free in this promising debut." - Tomris Laffly, Variety

"Ebrahimi is luminous." - Namrata Joshi, The New Indian Express

Opens March 8 | Executive produced by Cate Blanchett and winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in the World Cinema, Dramatic competition, Noora Niasari’s masterly debut feature stars a luminous Zar Amir Ebrahimi (HOLY SPIDER) as Shayda, a brave Iranian mother who finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter after she leaves her abusive husband. Inspired by Niasari's childhood experiences, SHAYA is a gripping and authentic story of a fearless woman fighting for her identity, and her freedom. Film Center exclusive. 


Awards & Nominations

Winner - Audience Award, World Cinema - Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival


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