Passionate lady kissing, by Nikohl Boosheri.
sarahkazemy Happiest birthday to you! You… My cherry on the cake of life, my endless lover on screen and behind the scenes, my definition of friendship.. I wish I was there with you to celebrate.. but you know my heart is always next to yours.. I love you so much and more ❤️ ? @boosheri
If you could be anywhere in the world… where would you be? (Circumstance, 2011)
On this day in 2011, the film Circumstance was first released in the United States. Written and
directed by Maryam Keshavarz, Circumstance explores the reality for gay women
living in contemporary Iran.
The film was ranked by Autostraddle as the 4th best lesbian film of all time (x).
Shot in Lebanon with Persian dialogue, the story is set in
modern day Tehran, Iran and follows two teenage girls, Atafeh and Shireen. Atafeh
has been orphaned by the government, who killed her parents in response to
their political beliefs, and is raised by her uncle, but it is Shireen and her seemingly
happy, traditional family that Atafeh truly gravitates towards. As Atafeh and
Shireen grow closer, they begin to bond through the illegal activities that have
become ingrained in Iranian youth culture; they sneak off to secret parties in
warehouses, watch contraband DVDs of Western movies, and drink alcohol. On one
such visit to a hidden DVD store, the two girls come across a copy of the film Milk, the 2008 LGBT film, and decide to
translate it into Farsi. Wordlessly, Atafeh and Shireen’s relationship begins
to evolve from friendship into romance. They being daydreaming about running
off to a city where their relationship can come out of the shadows, but that all
is halted when they are caught and arrested on the charge of driving and
After grabbing audiences’ attention on the film festival
circuit of 2011 and even taking home the Audience Award at Sundance Film
Festival, Circumstance has gone down
in history as one of the most thought-provoking and dangerous lesbian films
ever made. The film as well as the director herself was immediately banned in
Iran and even in Beirut, Lebanon where it was filmed, the crew was forced to
lie to the Lebanese government about the content of the project in order to
avoid violence from religious extremist groups. Created by a writer/director who
spent her summers in Shiraz, Iran and a band of actors who were all members of
the Iranian diaspora, Circumstance
rings true in a way it would not have had the story been told by outsiders of
the culture. Despite the anxiety and threat of violence that surrounded the
production of the film and the story itself, there’s a radical softness that
lies at its core.
I love you. Nothing has changed.
Circumstance (2011) dir. Maryam Keshavarz