Sundance winner SHAYDA, is a touching drama about a woman’s struggle for freedom and self-determination. Set in Australia a young Iranian woman and her six-year-old daughter fund refuge in a women’s shelter where she attempts to build a case for divorce from her abusive husband.
This Australian film is written, directed and co-produced by Noora Niasari and is inspired by Niasari’s own childhood experience of living in a Brisbane refuge.
“[Shayda] is a deeply engrossing, gradually escalating drama…and Niasari an exciting new voice in Australian cinema.” – The Guardian (full review here)
“A tender, aching film… Shayda is thick with tension and fraught with danger” – The Sydney Morning Herald (full review here)
“The greatest asset of ‘Shayda’… is its unmistakably feminine spirit of perseverance, one that runs wild and free in this promising debut.” – Variety (full review here)