Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Run Time: 94 minutes


Yeva is in trouble. She’s fled to an Armenian village with her young daughter Nareh, as she is suspected of having a role in her husband Vrouyr’s death. Hiding out with her aunt and uncle in the place where she once worked as a doctor during the Armenia-Azerbaijan war, Yeva attempts to start over as a teacher. Her presence soon draws suspicion, as she can’t produce any personal identification, but when a sudden tragedy strikes, some villagers question how a teacher can have her medical skills. As it turns out, Yeva is also carrying burdensome secrets (and her own scars from the war), which soon come to light as other facets of her past become known. When YEVA’s drama and tension start to ramp up, the truth finally starts to emerge—although will it be enough to successfully help her escape? This moving film illustrates the deep sacrifices parents make to protect their children and the myriad ways in which family secrets reverberate across generations. (In Armenian with subtitles) —A.Z.

YEVA was selected as Armenia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Anahid Abad

Anahid Abad was born to an Armenian family in 1969 in Tehran and holds a B.A. in film directing. Throughout her career, she has served as First Assistant Director and Planner on numerous Iranian film projects, and she has worked with many prominent Iranian directors. In 2010 Abad became the head of the Central Board of Assistant Directors and Program Planners Institute of Iran Cinema.

YEVA (2017)

Taghi Ali Gholizadeh

Anahid Abad

Hassan Karimi

Siavash Kordjan

Principal Cast
Narina Grigorian, Shant Hovhanisian, Sergay Tovmasian, Vrejh Kasoni, Marjan Avadisyan, Roz Avadisova, Digran Davtian, Nanor Patrosian, Avalian Adamian, Marat Davtian

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