An award winning indie-film, The Neighbor (Hamsayeh) centers on Shirin, a middle-aged dance instructor who has just ended a long-distance affair. Her lonely routine is disrupted when a young woman, Leila, moves in next door. Intrigued by her comings and goings and their common Iranian roots, Shirin tries to befriend her, soon discovering that Leila has a little girl she often leaves home alone for hours on end. In need of a friend, Leila accepts Shirin's help with the child. Shirin and the precocious five year old, Parisa, bond over dance classes and their shared time together. One night, Leila doesn't come home. As Shirin anxiously tries to find her neighbor, she realizes she has to come to terms with her own unsettled past.
2011 Venice Biennale, In Competition: Premio Citta di Venezia NYC Premiere at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Winner Best Feature Narrative: 21st Festival of African, Latin American and Asian Films in Milan, Italy Winner Best Canadian Film ReelWorld Film Festival, Toronto Women's International Film Festival, Chennai, India Women's Film Festival, Vancouver, BC Women's Film Festival, Miami, Florida Women's Film Festival, Brattleboro, Vermont
2010 In Competition: World Premiere Montreal World Film Festival Vancouver International Film Festival Chicago International Film Festival Sao Paolo International Film Festival Winner, Best Actress (Parisa Wahedi) Los Angeles International Film Festival