Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s AVA is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns— friendships, music, social status, academic performance—resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy —going as far as to visit a gynecologist— Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the structures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.
TRT: 103 minutes
Country: Canada, Iran, and Qatar
Language: Persian with English subtitles