Virtual Cinema

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

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Virtual Screening Available In the USA
Available Friday, 
January 22 – Thursday, January 28

The lights and cameras are all in position. The moderator takes a last quick look at his notes. The final seconds of the intro ad roll by, and then the show goes live. Tonight’s guest is Maryam, a young woman condemned to death for murdering her husband. With her in the studio is Mona, the daughter of the dead man. Maryam is supposed to beg for forgiveness, and her life, for the camera. If Mona grants her forgiveness, Maryam will live, and the show’s sponsors will pay Mona a reward. If she denies it, Maryam will die. Millions of television viewers are tuning in on the night of Yalda, the Persian celebration of the winter solstice, to see Maryam’s fate unfold. Alluding to a real, popular Iranian TV show, the television studio serves as a stage for a startling chamber play between these two women, and the social pressures behind their circumstances. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize – World Cinema at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

In Farsi with English subtitles


  • Genre

    Drama, Foreign Language, Subtitled, Award Winner, Women's Rights

  • Runtime

    89 min

  • Release Year


  • Director

    Massoud Bakhshi

  • Producer

    Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin

  • Cast

    Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini

  • Country

    Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg