For Shirin (Desiree Akhavan), being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the co-creator and star of the award-winning web series The Slope, a comedy that follows a pair of superficial homophobic lesbians in love. She was recently featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Film as well as Vanity Fair's "Persia in New York" featuring the vibrant scene of Iranian artists flourishing in America, centered in New York. Akhavan can be seen next January on the fourth season of HBO's Girls.