Magazine article Screen International

I Am Nasrine

Magazine article Screen International

I Am Nasrine

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Dir: Tina Gharavi. UK. 2011. 87mins

This low budget British feature, set in both Iran and Newcastle, is an impressively earnest tale of cultural differences and coming of age that has a faint tinge of some of the work of Ken Loach.

This is a strong UK feature made on a shoestring.

Receiving its world premiere at the increasingly well regarded Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in the UK, the film should attract some interest from festivals (especially those with a human rights angle) and perhaps one or two arthouse distributors looking for a different kind of UK feature from the current juggernauts of Shame/Wuthering Heights/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

After falling foul of the oppressive Iranian regime once to often, young Iranian girl Nasrine is packed off to the UK under the watchful eye of her brother Ali. Once in Newcastle our young heroine soon falls in with Nichole, a girl from the local travellers community and she begins to taste real freedom for the first time much to the dismay of her brother. …

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