Artist Projects

The Last Harem

Maryam Keshavarz

Set in tradition-bound 19th-century Persia, The Last Harem follows Jayran, a rebellious cross-dressing musician, her ascension to power and her romance with unconventional boy-king Nasir. Together, they battle societal expectations of their political and gender roles, embodied in the fierce figure of Nasir’s mother and ruler of the Royal Harem, Malik Jahan. The Last Harem is a narrative feature film with a script based on a decade of academic research. The film is intended for international theatrical distribution and is presently in late development stage.