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SYNOPSIS


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SYNOPSIS


 

SYNOPSIS

14 year old Zahra cannot come to terms with her Iranian mother’s new Australian fiancé, Peter. In an attempt to unite the family, Peter and Leila take Zahra on a road trip in search of a waterfall. As they travel deeper into the rainforest, Zahra’s growing tensions with Peter lead to an inevitable distance from the person she loves most. 

 
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THE DIRECTOR


THE DIRECTOR

THE DIRECTOR


THE DIRECTOR

Nora is a Writer/Director based between Melbourne and Tehran. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Film & TV from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Nora started her career making documentaries in Lebanon including BEIRUT, UNDER THE BRIDGE awarded ‘Special Jury Prize’ and ‘Best Director Documentary’ at the 11th Beirut International Film Festival.

 

In 2015 she was selected for the Abbas Kiarostami filmmaking workshop in Barcelona and her narrative short THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival in the Accelerator program for emerging directors. In 2017, her first long form documentary, CASA ANTÚNEZ (ANTÚNEZ HOUSE) competed in the Official Selection of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest where she was nominated for the prestigious New Talent Award. WATERFALL is Nora’s latest narrative short, produced by Fete Films and funded by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program.


FILMOGRAPHY

2017 

  • “Waterfall”
    Narrative Short — 15”
  • “Casa Antúnez”
    Documentary Mid-length — 52”

2015 

  • “The Phoenix (Simorgh)”
    Narrative Short — 23”

2014

  • “17 Years and a Day”
    Narrative Short — 12”

2010  

  • “Beirut, Under the Bridge”
    Documentary Short — 29”
 
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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 

A family road trip inspired this story. Trapped in our rental car, the tension was palpable, silences were heavy, and beauty was fleeting. As we lost access to technology, miscommunication and displacement revealed how we really felt about one another. 

It came back to a workshop I did with Abbas Kiarostami in Barcelona. We discussed the juxtaposition of a troubled family against a beautiful landscape. The notion of feeling isolated within a family unit. 

In Waterfall, I wanted to deeply connect to each person’s dilemma in this situation. How can a teenage girl accept a new father figure? How does he relate to someone else’s child? How can a mother choose between her two biggest loves? 

 
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CAST & CREW


CAST & CREW

CAST & CREW


CAST & CREW

 

WRITER/DIRECTOR
Nora Niasari

PRODUCER
Mary Minas

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Sherwin Akbarzadeh

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Leah Popple

EDITORS
Luca Cappelli
Nora Niasari

SOUND DESIGNER
Livia Ruzic

CAST
Asal Shenaveh
Greg Stone
Gity Madani