The Persian Connection


Markaz members are invited this weekend to check out The Persian Connection, an Iranian-American gangster noir film, and write your review for us—let us know if you agree it's in the spirit of David Lynch, and how you feel it reflects the Iranian community of Los Angeles (email your commentary to for publication consideration). 

The Markaz is also offering a special ticket give-away. To enter the random drawing for 2 pairs of tickets to attend the Saturday night, July 15th, 7:20 pm screening, email your first/last name and phone number to with "Persian Connection" in the subject line.


The theatrical release of The Persian Connection begins in L.A. on Fri., July 14th, and includes cast/crew screenings after both Friday and Saturday 7:20 pm shows, at Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211. The film co-stars Helena Mattsson (Surrogates, Ironman 2) and Reza Sixo Safai (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Circumstance), along with Parviz Sayyad (Homeland, Shah Bob), David Diaan (Mossadegh, Baba Jun), Julian Sands (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Leaving Las Vegas) and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, The Punisher). The film is directed by Daniel Y-Li Grove with a story by Reza Sixo Safai, and also features Iranian actors Dominic Rains (Burn Country, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Nikohl Boosheri (Seeds of Yesterday, Circumstance).


As a child soldier, Behrouz (Reza Sixo Safai) miraculously survived the Iran-Iraq War to be squirreled away to the streets of Los Angeles. After two decades under the ruthless Iranian mobster Cirrus Golshiri (Parviz Sayyad), Behrouz leaves the underworld to follow his American dream of becoming a real estate agent. But after a chance encounter involving a high-stakes poker game, he is brought back into the life he left behind and accused of stealing from his former boss. Behrouz and his Russian girlfriend Oksana (Helena Mattsson), must hunt down missing drugs as events from his past and present clash spiraling out of control. The Persian Connection is an electric neon-noir fever dream set in the Persian opium underworld of Los Angeles.

Buy tickets now.

  • July 15, 2017 at 7:20pm – 9:50pm
  • Laemmle Aryha Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211
  • 1 person is going
  • Alfred Madain


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