Yalda, a Night For Forgiveness:

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Museum Films is partnering with Film Movement to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room! We’re pleased to share 2020 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness, a riveting meditation on guilt and justice set in contemporary Iran. 

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“Maryam is a young woman who has been sentenced to death for murdering her husband, Nasser. Iranian law allows for the victim’s family to forgive her and spare her life, so Maryam’s fate will be decided by Nasser’s daughter, Mona, on the country’s most popular televised reality show. In front of millions of viewers during Yalda, the winter solstice celebration, Maryam and Mona discover that forgiveness can be difficult as they relive the past.

Filmmaker Massoud Bahkshi brings aesthetic energy and dramatic intensity to a story that unfolds over a few hours and almost entirely within the studio. Compelled by the social complexities of contemporary Iran, Bahkshi started as a documentary filmmaker, during which time he met several women who had murdered their husbands. Their stories stayed with him as he developed this powerful exploration of women characters. Although Maryam and Mona are condemned in some way and subject to Iran’s profound patriarchy, they find agency, moral authority, and freedom within those confines. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival,  Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness elucidates Iran’s vibrant, modern identity alongside its deeply traditional culture.” -Sundance Festival


Director Massoud Bahkshi | 2019 | In Persian with English subtitles | 89 minutes | NR 

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