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‘Circumstance’ Director Maryam Keshavarz’s Tale of Risk and Forbidden Love

“What else could this film go through?” joked Iranian-American director Maryam Keshavarz. If current forecasts are correct, Hurricane Irene is set to slam into the East Coast the same weekend her movie, “Circumstance,” is slated to open.

“We couldn’t shoot in Iran. Then I was editing in Chile, we had an 8.8 earthquake. And now, after 25 years, there’s like a hurricane hitting New York City,” she said with a laugh.

Keshavarz talked to me while navigating Los Angeles traffic — always a dicey proposition. But, then, she is not someone to shy away from risk: She shot her debut feature in a politically hostile part of the world; she managed to tick off the oppressive government of her ancestral homeland; and she faced down at least one natural disaster. In comparison, talking on the phone while driving down Wilshire Boulevard is a cinch. Continue reading ‘‘Circumstance’ Director Maryam Keshavarz’s Tale of Risk and Forbidden Love’


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