Noora Niasari

Tehran-born, Australia-raised filmmaker Noora Niasari’s debut feature film, Shayda, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and is in theaters from March 1 through Sony Pictures Classics. The film, which stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Cannes Best Actress Winner for Holy Spider) and was executive produced by Cate Blanchett, is a drama about an Iranian mother living with her six-year-old daughter in an Australian women’s shelter, trying to start a new life away from her estranged husband. Shayda is Australia’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Academy Awards. (Photo by Keiran Watson-Bonnice.)


Sundance and Pistachio Soup

By Noora Niasari | February 29, 2024

Sundance and Pistachio Soup

Writer-director Noora Niasari on family, food and the journey of her Sundance-winning debut feature, Shayda, which is in theaters this week.