Maryam Keshavarz, the director, was raised in the United States but spent summers in Shiraz, Iran. She used experiences in Shiraz to direct towards the movie, such as being very adventurous and experimenting within the scenes of partying and hearing about her cousin's whipping at the hands of the morality police, in the plot. Circumstance was the first full-length feature film she directed.
The movie is directed by the young talented director Abdolreza Kahani. He has smartly used some of the greatest Iranian actors and as a result, he received many awards and a lot of good critics from Iranian and foreign film festivals including Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Damascus Film Festival, and Fajr Film Festival. This movie can show an aspect of the downtown in Tehran and their hard life conditions which are beautifully shown by the great directing, story and the talent of actors such as Parviz Parastoee and Mahtab Keramati, who won the award for the best actress in supporting rule in Fajr Film Festival. 2b1af7f3a8