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103 minutes


DIRECTOR: Sadaf Foroughi

WITH: Mahour Jabbari, Bahar Nouhian, Leili Rashidi, Vahid Aghapour

Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature Film, Ava portrays the coming of age of a Tehran teenager. Growing up in a world of strict traditions, Ava’s life is dictated by rules. As she struggles to find her place within a culture of authority, Ava is pushed deeper into isolation as she challenges duty, family, and the hypocrisy of her surroundings. Based on her own experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s gripping debut is an intimate story, and a harsh critique of growing up female in a claustrophobic society.

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.