Cover image for Maryam
Lyon, Shauna.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Wellspring Media, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
It's 1979 and Mary, an Iranian-American teenager is pursuing fun and romance in the New Jersey suburbs. Her strict father forbids her to date and live life like a normal teenager. But her world is changed when her fundamentalist Muslim cousin, Ali, comes to live with her family at the same time that Americans are taken hostage in Iran. Now Mary has to come to terms with her own unique, culturally-divided identity.
General Note:
Widescreen ed.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.

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Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
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Clearfield Library DVD 6344 Adult DVD Open Shelf
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Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views represent all that Maryam has come to resent, the two gradually form a friendship of sorts. Meanwhile, Ali's vehement anti-Shah beliefs, coupled with his knowledge of a dark family secret, creates tension between himself and Darius. At the same time, Maryam notices a change in her neighbors' reactions toward her family as the conflict in Iran grows ever more ugly. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Set during the tense 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Ramin Serry's cautionary drama centers on an assimilated Iranian American teenager whose life is upset when her suburban New Jersey parents take in her devout Muslim cousin. When the houseguest reveals his radical anti-American side, the family finds its loyalty tested. Overly simplistic but rather effectively acted, this film is for larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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