Maryam (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Lael Loewenstein

A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.

Chicago Tribune

A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.

David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.

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