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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_Paradise http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0216250/ Surviving Paradise is a 2001 American Family Adventure/drama written & directed by Kamshad Kooshan. With three months of theatrical release in Major theaters in Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area, it is considered to be the First English Language Iranian-American film distributed in the United States. This film is believed to to be one of the first vehicles in introducing the Oscar Nominated star, Shohreh Aghdashloo to Hollywood resulting in her being selected for "House of Sand & Fog" acting opposite Ben Kingsley and later becoming nominated for an Oscar. The story concerns the struggles of two newly arrived Iranian Brother & Sister in the rough & better neighborhoods of Los Angeles.