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After Parched, Leena Yadav to now direct a tragic gay love story set in Iran

Indian filmmaker Leena Yadav, who helmed the acclaimed film Parched, will now be directing Secret Sky, a true and tragic love story of two teenage boys in Iran, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by the death penalty.

world cinema Updated: Nov 06, 2016 17:35 IST
Leena Yadav’s next film, Secret Sky, is based on a true story.
Leena Yadav’s next film, Secret Sky, is based on a true story.

Indian filmmaker Leena Yadav, who helmed the acclaimed film Parched, will now be directing Secret Sky, a true and tragic love story of two teenage boys in Iran, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by the death penalty.

Carol Polakoff’s Viewfinder Pictures and Daniel Dreifuss’s Anima Pictures are developing the human rights film based on a true story, reports the online Hollywood Reporter.

It follows the two teens as they are put in prison, go to trial and pay the price for their crimes. A female lawyer, inspired by a real person, attempts to fight for their freedom.

Micah Schraft and Abdi Nazemian are writing the film, which is planned as Yadav’s English-language debut. Gersh represents Yadav and Viewfinder, and is presenting the film to foreign buyers this week at American Film Market & Conferences (AFM). It’s slated to be shot in 2017.

“This story, though political in nature and about civil rights, must be delivered through the heart and Leena has shown that she can make a beautiful film... But also deliver a socially impactful punch,” Polakoff said.

“She has uncommon courage and passion, and holds nothing back,” she added.

Yadav’s most recent film Parched followed the lives of four women in rural India who rebel against century-old cultural practices and patriarchal traditions, and break free to explore the true meaning of what it is like to be alive.

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