February 12, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Sony Pictures Classics invite you and a guest to attend

A Special IMAX Sneak Preview Screening of


Winner: Audience Award - Dramatic,
World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival 2023

Written & Directed by Noora Niasari
Produced by Noora Niasari and Vincent Sheehan

Followed by a Q&A with Noora Niasari
and Lead Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi

7:00 P.M. on Monday, February 12th, 2024

The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119
Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Opens March 1 in NY & LA

About Shayda

Shayda, a brave Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardized.

Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 117 minutes.

About the Guests

NOORA NIASARI (Writer, Director, Producer)

Noora Niasari is a Tehran-born, Australia raised Writer/Director/Producer and Co-Founder of Parandeh Pictures. A graduate of architecture and cinema, her debut feature film Shayda - starring Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Cannes Best Actress Winner for Holy Spider) and executive produced by Cate Blanchett - premiered in the World Dramatic Competition of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and was sold to Sony Pictures Classics. Shayda was in the Official Selection of the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, 76th Locarno Film Festival, 28th Busan International Film Festival, 67th BFI London Film Festival, 37th AFI Fest, 71st Melbourne International Film Festival, Young Talent Award recipient at the 31st Filmfest Hamburg and winner of CinefestOZ, Australia’s richest film prize. Shayda was Australia’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards, and following her win for Best Direction in a Feature Film at the 2023 Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) Awards, Noora was nominated for the Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film at the 76th Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. After Shayda comes Raya - the second feature film in Noora’s trilogy about Iranian women. An adaptation of the Iranian-American novel Raya by Mahsa Rahmani Noble, produced by Gary Foster of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment and Kate Fenske of Sister.

ZAR AMIR EBRAHIMI (Actress, "Shayda")

Zar Amir Ebrahimi is an Iranian-French actress, producer and director. She rose to international prominence for her performance in the crime thriller HOLY SPIDER (2022), Denmark’s submission for the Academy Awards. She won the Cannes Film Festival award for best actress, Robert Award and Seville Film Festival Award for best actress. She got also nominated for European Film Awards, LOLA (German Film Awards) and Bodil Awards (Danish Film Critics Awards Association) for her performance in HOLY SPIDER.

Born in Tehran, Iran, actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, graduated Azad University of Tehran, majoring in dramatic arts. She first directed a short film named KHAT (2000), produced by the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. Her career took off acting in the feature film WAITING (2001) by Mohammed Nourizad and gained national attention with series such as HELP ME (2004) and NARGESS (2006). In 2008, she moved to Paris and continued her acting career by appearing both on stage and in front of the camera. Her film TEHRAN TABOO directed by Ali Soozandeh premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and in 2018 she won Best Actress at the Nice International Film Festival for her performance in BRIDE PRICE VS DEMOCRACY directed by Reza Rahimi. Her film TIDE directed by Manon Coubia premiered in 2019 Locarno Film Festival and the film TOMORROW WE ARE FREE directed by Hossein Pourseifi screened at the Talinn Black Nights Film Festival and Filmfest Hamburg, among others. She also starred in THE WORST ENEMY by Mehran Tamadon and SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHRAN by Steffi Niederzoll that had their world premiere at the 2023 Berlinale Film Festival.

In France, LES SURVIVANTS (White Paradise), a contemporary western directed by Guillaume Renusson, was released in cinemas in January 2023. Zar also stars in “READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN” (2023) directed by Eran Riklis, which is now in post-production. She is currently co-directing a political-thriller film with working title of TATAMI with Guy Nattiv (2019 Academy Award winner) in which she stars too. Zar founded ALAMBIC Production in Paris in 2019 and continues producing movies. She also participates in movie projects as a casting director, including HOLY SPIDER (Ali Abbasi), OPPONENT (Milad Alami) and Noora Niasari’s upcoming second feature RAYA. As a result of using her film projects and voice to bravely demand change for women in Iran, Zar was selected for BBC 100 Women 2022, a prestigious list of inspiring and influential women from around the world. Always looking to champion filmmakers around the world, Zar presided over the jury of the 2023 Gothenburg Film Festival which is the largest film festival in the Nordic countries and she is one of the guest jury members of 2023 ANDAM fashion awards, alongside Gigi Hadid and Pat Cleveland.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.



We recommend Parking in the USC Shrine Parking Structure, located 686 W 32nd St. Parking passes may be purchased at the gate. Metered street parking is also available along 32nd street.

The USC Robert Zemeckis Center is located at 3131 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007, one block north of Parking Structure D, on the North side of the Shrine Auditorium. The RZC entrance is located at the rear of the building, behind the red fence on 32nd St.

Contact Information

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