Ava (15*) + live poetry

Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

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Beautifully shot and subtly observed, Ava is a tightly wound domestic drama about a young woman’s increasingly strained relationship with her mother.

A bright student who wants to pursue music, Ava’s world begins to shift as the existential angst of being a teenager sets in.

The destructive forces of peer pressure, hormones, and disagreements with her mother are compounded by an ardently severe head teacher, causing Ava to play up to all authority and resolute to disrupt even her closest friendships.

Sadaf Foroughi’s impressive debut won the FIPRESCI Discovery Award at Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered. Loosely autobiographical, her astute and lingering camerawork brings into frame a family struggling with change, obstinately imploding in slow motion.

At this screening, poet Shazea Quraishi recites her poetic response to this film.

Iran/Canada/Qatar 2017 Dir Sadaf Foroughi 102 min

About the poet

Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet, playwright and translator based in London. The Art of Scratching, her first book-length collection, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. She received a Brooklease Grant from the Royal Society of Literature in 2015 and an award from the Artists International Development Fund of the British Council and Arts Council England in the same year.

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