As the legacy of a prolific Iranian soccer star fast begins to unravel after his mistress is put on trial for murdering his wife, filmmaker Mahnaz Afzali attempts to look past the sensationalistic headlines and explore the complex relationships between private lives and public personas. It could be called the Iranian answer to the O.J. Simpson trial in the U.S.: Star athlete Nasser Khani was a respected athlete and championed coach when a triple threat of murder, social taboos, and celebrity threatened to tarnish his entire legacy. Khani's mistress, Shala Jahed, had been arrested and put on trial for the murder of Khani's wife, sparking a media frenzy that made headlines across the country. But what really happened on that fateful day when passion exploded into rage? In addition to intimate interviews with both Khani and Jahed, Afzali's film also features rare home movies that show the sports star and his wife during happier times, as well as the eloquent courtroom testimony of the accused. And while that testimony may offer no concrete answers as to who really committed the crime, it does offer a riveting look into the complex relationship between an athlete who may not be the person his public persona would imply, and the mistress whose very public romantic pleas seemed to go against everything that her lover represented.
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