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Shirin in Love": A Romantic Iranian-American comedy

Following its successful theatrical release this spring, Vision Films in association with Sideshow Releasing are proud to announce the release of “Shirin in Love”, a romantic comedy about a quirky young Iranian American writer from Los Angeles who falls in love and discovers herself, starring: Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith, Maz Jobrani, Marshall Manesh, Anita Khalatbari, with Amy Madigan and George Wallace. Directed by Ramin Niami.

Shirin in Love will be available on On Demand on VOD cable, satellite and telco providers starting July 3st, 2014 such as AT&T, Verizon, Suddenlink, Charter, Mediacom, Dish and DirecTV and more. Shirin in Love will also be available digitally on iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon Instant , Yekra & many more sites.

You can also visit to read more about the film, and instantly stream the movie in either the original English version or dubbed in Farsi.

About the Film

Shirin (Nazanin Boniadi), an absent-minded young Iranian-American, lives in “Tehrangeles” (the large Iranian community in Los Angeles) with her overbearing mother (Anita Khalatbari) and empathetic father (Marshall Manesh). Despite being engaged for years to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (Maz Jobrani), Shirin finds herself breaking loyalty and tradition when she falls in love with a mysterious young man (Riley Smith) who lives in a lighthouse in Northern California near his mother, a famous novelist (Amy Madigan). As her secret unravels and cultures clash, with the intervention of a would-be screenwriter, who also happens to be a local cop (George Wallace), Shirin discovers what it ultimately means to be true to herself.

Lise's quote

“People will be moved after watching this film, it’s such a romantic notion that if you follow your heart, and are true to yourself, it leads to ultimate happiness “ says Lise Romanoff, Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution at Vision Films. "

Reviews “Nazanin Boniadi is terrific, delightful...really hits the mark.”- Mike Kaspar (KUCI 88.9)

“Set among LA’s well-heeled Iranian-American community, Ramin Niami’s “Shirin in Love” blends tangy romantic comedy and tart social satire into a cinematic cocktail that’s pleasingly off-beat, warm-spirited and knowing.”- Godfrey Chesire (

“The onscreen chemistry between Boniadi and Smith is undeniable and the gorgeous cinematography of the Northern California coast is the perfect setting for the two unsure lovers....A truly romantic film.”- Tom Nguyen (EnClave LA)

“It’s about time movies showed another aspect of Beverly Hills besides shopping on Wilshire Boulevard. Shirin in Love gives a snapshot of one of the many wealthy Iranian families who live behind those manicured lawns in “Tehrangeles.” With a fetching young lead, Nazanin Boniadi of “Homeland”, playing Shirin, the film mixes social commentary, comedy and romantic fantasy...A thinking woman’s romantic comedy.”- Marshall McCreadie (Film Journal International)


Director’s Quote

Iranian-Americans in the United States are educated, successful and amiable. This is very different from how the media and film usually portray them-as either villains or victims.

I wanted to show the light-hearted and fun side of Iranian culture. The film’s lead, Shirin, a spirited and empowered woman, searches for her identity and falls in love. Through her and through the lens of romantic comedy, I wanted to show the richness of a community and promote peace and cultural understanding between Iranian and American cultures.


Vision Films, Inc ( is a worldwide distributor of over 800 independent Feature Films, TV Movies, Documentaries, and Music Specials, and licenses all available rights from Theatrical, Video/DVD/Blu-Ray, Television, and VOD/Digital Media rights to both the International and Domestic marketplaces. Lise Romanoff is Vision’s Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution.

Sideshow Inc. ( develops, finances, and produces quality independent feature films and assists other filmmakers in reaching their goals. Sideshow Inc. works with an international pool of talent and prefers projects with multicultural themes. Sideshow Inc. provides services to filmmakers and companies who want to achieve high quality productions on a limited budget. Ramin Niami is Sideshow Inc’s Founder/CEO.

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