Afrooz (Baran Kosari, I’m Not Angry!) is the captain of the women’s national futsal team in Iran, and her long-sought dream of playing in the Asian Nations Cup has come true after years of hard work. As she and her team prepare to fly to Malaysia for the final, Afrooz learns that her estranged TV-host husband has banned her from leaving the country. Cold Sweat, an inspiring drama from director Soheil Beiraghi (I/Me), showcases the fight for female civil rights, hints at a same-sex partnership, and portrays the humiliation that submission often brings—all while offering a message of self-preservation and optimism.

Followed by Driving Lessons
(Directed by Marziyeh Riahi, Iran, 13 minutes, in Farsi with English subtitles)
Featured in the 2019 Manhattan Short Film Festival, Driving Lessons tells the story of a man who accompanies his wife to her driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone—a task made more complicated when the two men don’t get along.

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Tickets for Cold Sweat (Araghe sard)
Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:30 p.m.

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Soheil Beiraghi
Farsi with English subtitles
Running Time
86 minutes
Digital, Color