Directed by Parviz Shahbazi | Iran | 2012 | 92 min.

Thursday, April 3 | 7:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue

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Event Includes: Post-screening Q&A with Director Parviz Shahbazi and a reception provided by Conflict Kitchen.
Presented in Conjunction with: Center for the Arts in Society

"Trapped creates the mood it intends, striking a skillfully crafted balance between humour and gravitas." —Zouch Magazine

Living with a mismatched roommate--it's a situation achingly endured by countless college students. For Nazarin, however, the stakes are much higher than a matter of conflicting interests. In this gripping thriller about loyalty and betrayal in contemporary Tehran, a diligent student and a party girl must face the burdens of scarce money, shady business, and an imperative dilemma that will test the limits of true friendship. As Nazarin explains to her naïve roommate, "we can't expect anything from others." Trapped is a deeply absorbing drama about snared entanglements and seemingly gridlocked plights. The lead actresses' performances are truly excellent under Parviz Shahbazi's talented direction, supplying complicated tension to a film that so exquisitely combines naturalism with suspenseful narrative.


- Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2013 Fajr International Film Festival
- Winner of the Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2013 Fajr International Film Festival (Pegah Ahagarani)
- Official Selection at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival


Parviz Shahbazi
Parviz Shahbazi is an acclaimed Iranian filmmaker who has been writing and directing shorts and feature films since the 1980s. After graduating from Tehran's Iran Broadcasting University, he gained international attention after debuting award-winning short films like Traveler from the South (1996) and Whispers (2000), in addition to his first feature-length film, Deep Breath (2003). His latest film, Trapped (2013), has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike at international film festivals such as the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Fajr International Film Festival in Iran, where Shahbazi received the Best Director Award.

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