Maryam (2000)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Family Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 22, 2002 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views represent all that Maryam has come to resent, the two gradually form a friendship of sorts. Meanwhile, Ali's vehement anti-Shah beliefs, coupled with his knowledge of a dark family secret, creates tension between himself and Darius. At the same time, Maryam notices a change in her neighbors' reactions toward her family as the conflict in Iran grows ever more ugly. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival.

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assimilation, coming-of-age, cousin, culture [social culture], teenagers