Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: TheMathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematicalwork of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who becamea superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranianto be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.

Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained by leading mathematicians and illustratedby animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, aswell as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deepimpact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s MathOlympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model forgirls looking toward careers in science and mathematics.