Holy Spider

Festival of Films from Iran

Recommended for mature audiences

Zar Amir-Ebrahimi won Best Actress at Cannes for her role as a journalist suffering the indignities of being a single, working woman in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran, where she arrives to investigate the serial killings of sex workers by the Spider Killer. Many in the city deem the murderer a hero for “cleaning the streets.” However, as Slant Magazine notes, “Holy Spider [based on real events] compellingly positions misogyny as an unending inherited nightmare, stretching far beyond the actions of one single man.” This timely drama is shortlisted for an International Feature nomination at the Academy Awards in March 2023.

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Special thanks to community partners Society of Iranian American Women for Education and Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston.

Holy Spider

Directed by Ali Abbasi
(Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France, 2022, 116 minutes, in Persian with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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