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The screening on Sat 20 Apr at 7.30 will have descriptive subtitles.

Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her.

The main characters of the story, A large Iranian-american family look directly into a camera taking a family photo.

When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships at arm’s length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life.

Main character, Leila walking through traffic deep in thought.

However, when her secret is unceremoniously revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen.

Leila's mother dancing with a group of people, looking very confident.

Punctuated by a bright colour palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, “The Persian Version” delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.

Director – Maryam Keshavarz

Cast – Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Chiara Stella, Tom Byrne, Shervin Alenabi





‘Feel good Iranian-American comedy with edge’- ★★★ The Guardian

‘Among the joyous dance sequences and near-farcical moments, The Persian Version digs for emotional truths and finds them.’ – ★★★★ Rotten Tomatoes

‘Don’t let the first 15 minutes of this rousing modern melodrama fool you.’- ★★★★ Times

  • Information about screenings with descriptive subtitles

    Descriptive subtitles, sometimes referred to as subtitles for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing people or captions, transcribe dialogue and relevant aspects of the soundtrack, including music and sound effects, attempting to give D/deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers an equal experience to those who are able to watch films without descriptive subtitles. Descriptive subtitles would include speech identifiers and descriptive elements such as [door slamming] and [kettle whistling].

  • Seating accessibility information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • BBFC ratings information (may contain spoilers)


    There is strong language (‘f**k’, ‘motherf**ker’), a rude middle finger gesture and milder bad language such as ‘bitch’, ‘shit’, ‘ass’, ‘damn’, ‘hell’ and ‘God’.


    There are comic references to anal sex. Milder sex references include comments about one night stands and adulterous relationships.

    A woman in a distressed state briefly contemplates taking her own life, but changes her mind. Upsetting scenes include the stillbirth of a child A mother expresses disapproval of her lesbian daughter’s sexuality, although her older siblings accept the way she wants to live her life. A young Iranian girl imagines herself sitting in classroom and being called a “smelly terrorist” by her fellow pupils. Discrimination is not endorsed by the work as a whole. There are brief bloody images in childbirth scenes. There are infrequent verbal drug references. There is infrequent mild violence in a still cartoon image of a punch to a face which produces a blood spurt. There is mild comic gun threat.