Circumstance (2011)

Cast and Crew

Written and Directed: Maryam Keshavarz

Cinematography: Brian Rigney Hubbard

Editor: Andrea Chignoli

Music: Gingger Shankar  

Producers: Maryam Keshavarz, Karin Chien, Melissa M. Lee

Co-Producers: Antonin Dedet

Line Producer: Pierre Sarraf

Production Manager: Abla Khoury

Associate Producer: Maryam Azadi, Hossein Keshavarz, Carla Roley

Actors: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Amir Barghashi, Fariborz Daftari, Keon Mohajeri, Sina Amedson, Amir Hossein Soleimani 

Distributed in the US by Participant Media & Roadside Attractions

World Sales: Funny Balloons (Paris)



 Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran’s underground scene with youthful exuberance and determination to be themselves. Meanwhile, Mehran returns home from drug rehab, and renounces his former decadent life with a vengeance. His once obsessive practice of classical music soon finds more destructive outlets. 

Having lost his parents’ trust, Mehran is jealous of Atafeh’s loving relationship with their father and tries to find new meaning in his life. He relentlessly watches his family and slowly becomes estranged from them. As Mehran disapprovingly observes a budding relationship between Atafeh and Shireen, he becomes obsessed with saving Shireen from his sister’s influence. 

The once close siblings find themselves at dangerous odds with each other. As violence and desire collide, the once safe haven of the family home becomes increasingly claustrophobic and threatening. 


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DVD only

 Original Soundtrack

Original Soundtrack