A desperate Persian couple, Baran (Alicja Bachleda) and Poorya (Bahram Radan), become stranded in a back alley of Los Angeles confronted by police barricades, unable to return home. The situation quickly spirals out of control when the lights, sirens and civil unrest trigger an episode for Baran, a psychologically traumatized war photographer, who collapses on the street. Poorya is forced to accept an oﬀer of refuge in the home of a reclusive, enigmatic neighbor, Daniel (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) with questionable motives. Baran awakens to ﬁnd all is not as it seems and ﬁnds herself suddenly locked in a struggle to protect her secrets and escape her inevitable return to the Middle East. As the night unfolds, underlying conﬂict and hidden secrets emerge until the situation ultimately reaches a point of no return. Polaris is a dramatic portrayal of the manifestation of post‐war trauma amidst the desperate perseverance of hope and love of hope and love.
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