Vancouver-raised actor Nikohl Boosheri will star in The Wedding with Sam Abbas

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      A former SFU theatre student, Nikohl Boosheri, is once again going to appear in a film that challenges sexual restrictions promoted by more conservative Islamic religious leaders. 

      She's been cast in The Wedding, which is written, directed, and stars Sam Abbas (Smile Off You, Time to Come, Forgive Me God). Abbas will play a young man who's exploring his sexuality in the film.

      Boosheri already has a recurring role in the TV series The Bold Type on Freeform, playing Adena El-Amin, a photographer and lesbian lover of a lead character named Kat. But the Vancouver-raised actor's most celebrated performance likely came in Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance.

      This 2011 film depicted liberal-minded and well-educated young Iranians surreptitiously partying and enjoying western entertainment in Tehran, despite repressive laws banning these activities.

      Boosheri's character had an intimate relationship with another young woman played by Sarah Kazemy. It won Boosheri the best actress award at the L.A.-based Noor Iranian Film Festival, the International Rome Film Festival, and LA Outfest.

      "It was the first time I kissed a girl," Boosheri told an audience after a screening at Vancouver's Fifth Avenue Cinemas in 2011.

      She also received critical acclaim for her performance in Meera Menon's Farah Goes Bang.

      Boosheri was born in Pakistan to parents from Iran. She moved to Canada when she was two years old and is now based in Los Angeles.