TEHRAN, IRAN - 25/12/11 - After a long day of studying, Melika dazes on the couch in their living room. She will be moving to Montreal in the summer and has to study hard to maintain her high marks.
2 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 08/06/10 - Parastou does pull ups at her house in Iran, trying to keep up with the rest of her teammates, as she prepares for the big move to Australia.
3 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 18/11/11 - Parmida (in middle) and Melika (on her right) in school's cafeteria on lunch break. They are both leaving Iran to go to universities abroad after school finished in June.
4 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 25/12/11 – Melika gets ready to go out with her friends. Putting on make up for teenagers is out of norm in Iran. Girls usually start wearing make up once they’re out of school, entering university.
5 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 19/06/10 - Parastou's mom dazes on her bed after she receives a phone call from Australian embassy that Parastou's visa had been approved.
6 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 18/11/11 - Parmida prepares just before her ballet practice. As ballet is banned in Iran, she's very keen to continue to take ballet classes once she moves to California for university.
7 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 13/06/10 - Parastou's mom looks out over the balcony. In the coming days, her daughter will be moving to Australia by herself to continue on her Kayaking career.
8 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 25/12/11 -Melika has to be home by a certain time of the night, she worries as the time goes by and their orders have not arrived.
9 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 12/11/11 - Parmida, Vala and Nadia are all migrating abroad after school finished in June. Cellphones are banned in school and will be taken away if seen by the teachers, girls sneak a peak at a friend's iPhone under their tables during the lunch break.
10 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 28/11/11 - English vocab cheat sheets all over Moojan's room as she prepares to take her SAT exam in Dubai.
11 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 25/12/11- Melika prepares to go out for her friend's birthday dinner. She will be moving to Montreal in the summer to go to university.
12 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN -18/06/10 - Soroush, Parastou's brother, lies back on his mattress as Parastou and her mom continue to chat about her move.
13 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 20/06/10 - Parastou's mom lays out all of her school and passport photos as she prepares some documents for the embassy.
14 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 24/12/11 – Parmida and her friend get into the car after they watch a play at Khaneh Honarmandan, in central Tehran.
15 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 25/12/11 - As she puts on her boots, Melika argues with her dad over the time she is asked to be back at home from dinner with her friends.
16 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 26/12/11 – The family discuss the logistic of Parmida’s move to California. As much as a parent want the best for their child, it is a hard process for an Iranian family to send their only child way to another country.
17 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 20/06/10 -Passport, Rials and dollars. Parastou prepares for her departure.
18 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 23/06/10 – Parastou and her parents do last minute preparation and packing at home on the night of her departure to Australia, as close relatives visit them to help out or say goodbye.
19 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 22/06/10 - Parastou embraces her aunt to say goodbye on the last night before she leaves Iran.
20 / 40
TEHRAN, IRAN - 22/06/10 - Parastou looks in the mirror, during one final dinner at her grandfather's house on the night she left Iran, which is supposed to bring clarity on her path, according to an Iranian tradition.
21 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 21/11/10 - Soheila meets up with some friends at the bus stop to go to a missionary session at an Iranian Church in Toronto. Soheila comes from a strict Sunni family, so she held back from a handshake until I snapped the frame.
22 / 40
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - 14/11/12 – Parmida walks to her department at the University of Berkeley where she is studying to obtain a degree in architecture.
23 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 02/11/10 – Soheila spends her lunch break in high school playing cards with her Iranian friends, who are also new to Canada.
24 / 40
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 31/01/12 - Parastou lies down on the floor as her mom prepares dinner. On the last day of releasing the university acceptance, Parastou anxiously awaits to hear from the schools she has applied to.
25 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 26/11/10 - Soheila and her sister, nervously, wait for their friend to pick them up and go to a birthday party before their parents come home. The girls find it challenging to balance a western life style with their parents religous and traditional demands and approach.
26 / 40
MONTREAL, CANADA - 27/10/12 - Melika studies for her quiz at the dining table while her mom cooks for dinner. Melika's parents visit her rotationally while the other take care of her younger brother back in Iran.
27 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 02/11/10 – Soheila plays in her school’s basketball team. She and her teammates get together at the front entrance of their school to go to an afterschool game a neighboring school.
28 / 40
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - 14/11/12 – Parmida plays her part at her South Asian music class, an elective course that she had a personal interest to take. Taking irrelevant elective classes such as dance, music and theatre is an opportunity that Parmida could have only gain by studying abroad.
29 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 26/11/10 - Soheila gets ready for a birthday party. With all the restriction that Soheila faces at home, she manages to separate her social life and go to parties and hang out with friends that her family often doesn’t agree with.
30 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 02/11/10 - Soheila and her younger sister walk home from school. Having the other sister around in school helps and make the transition into the new school and culture much easier.
31 / 40
MONTREAL, CANADA - 28/10/12 - Melika waits in line alone, to get into the club on the night of Halloween. This is her very first experience of college party.
32 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 26/11/10 - Soheila puts on make up at the washroom upon her arrival at an all-girl birthday party. Her family is very strict about her appearance and how she dresses up so she often changes her clothes or put on make up after she leaves her house.
33 / 40
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 25/01/12 – Parastou and her cousin Parisa crack jokes as they watch TV in the living room.
34 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 21/11/10 – Soheila and her younger sister walk to the bus stop against the bitter wind in their first winter in Canada. Soheila and her family are from south of Iran, with hot and humid climate all year long and the girls had not ever seen snow.
35 / 40
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - 14/11/12 – Parmida gets ready to rehearse her salsa routine with her tutor in one of her school's hallways. Taking irrelevant elective classes such as dance, music and theatre is an opportunity that Parmida could have only gain by studying abroad.
36 / 40
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 29/01/12 - Parastou embraces her brother in his room. Soroush has now moved to Sydney to go to high school and skip the military service in Iran.
37 / 40
RICHMOND HILL, CANADA - 02/11/10 - Soheila, on her way back to school, crack jokes about her team loss after a basketball game at a neighboring high school in Richmond Hill.
38 / 40
MONTREAL, CANADA - 28/10/12 - At her very first college party, Melika dances at a club on the night of Halloween. Coming from a conservative family in Iran, it was a very difficult and shocking experience for her to see and experience a college party.
39 / 40
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 29/01/12 - Parastou races with her teammates during an early morning routine practice.