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Fri 11 September - Sun 11 October

Watch AVA from home 

Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi's Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl's coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns - friendships, music, social status, academic performance - resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava's mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy, going so far as to visit a gynecologist, Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large. (Modern Films)

Iran | Canada | Drama | 103 mins | Mahour Jabbari, Bahar Noohian, Vahid Aghapour

Sadaf Foroughi turns the family drama trope on its head in this superb story of a girl in Iran at war with her mother... and turns it into something resembling a political thriller. The Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★

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