25th Houston Iranian Film Festival: Ava
- January 20, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet Street
- $8 - $10
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Houston Iranian Film Festival, established by the MFAH and Rice Cinema. January 19 – February 3, 2018. Screenings take place at both venues, as well as at Asia Society Texas Center.
Director – Sadaf Foroughi
Released – 2017
Language – Farsi with English subtitles
Running Time – 102 minutes
Format – Digital, B/W
Coming of age in Iran, Ava (Mahour Jabbari) faces pressure to conform to the expectations of her parents, her school, and her teenaged friends. When she learns that her parents were once flagrant rule-breakers themselves, Ava begins to rebel, pitting her parents against each other.
Ava masterfully demonstrates how an authoritarian culture can force denial and detachment, particularly among young women during their formative, yet vulnerable, high school years. The film is the debut feature of Sadaf Foroughi, an Iranian-born writer and producer now residing in Canada, who based the film on her own adolescent experiences.