The first film by an Iranian-Armenian female filmmaker, Yeva An Armenian Story directed by Anahid Abad will open in theaters in NY on October 25 and in LA on November 1.
Yeva is a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband’s tragic death and takes refuge in one of the villages of Karabakh, Armenia…Yeva is a complete stranger in this village and is obliged to live her daily life in disguise.
Yeva is also about the contribution of Armenians to the Iranian cinema, a robust and prestigious cinema in the film festival circuit around the world. The first Iranian film was made by an Armenian director, the first cinematographer in Iran was an Armenian, the first art house filmmaker as well as crime/thriller genre filmmaker were Armenians, the first actresses, the first studio owners, and the first distributors. Anahid Abad directed her first film after 25 years working in this Iranian cinema. YEVA is the result of Armenians’ contribution to the Iranian cinema.
Yeva was Armenia’s entry to the Academy Awards for 2018 and it played at major film festivals all over the world including, Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan (also a winner), Montréal World Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Fajr Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cleveland IFF, among many others.