I am a professional refugee filmmaker/instructor with 20 years’ experience working in the film industry in Iran, Iraq, the United Kingdom and now in Canada. I have directed and produced over 25 documentaries, docudramas, short fiction and experimental films, different TV promos, spots, reports, and advertisements for professional television. I have worked as assistant director on high budget feature fiction films and as Cinematographer, Camera operator, 1st AC, gaffer and assistant editor in TV shows and short fiction films. July 2018, I was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council grant to develop one of my fiction short scripts. In 2019, I completed my postgraduate study in Advanced Television and Film program with Directing and Cinematography masterclass at Sheridan College in Oakville. It is noteworthy that on December 2012, I finished my Master study in Filmmaking at University of Bradford in England.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I can work with all different Toronto communities by writing/making documentary films and directing fiction short films on multiculturalism and diversity in Toronto, about how people in different neighborhoods with different backgrounds, race, gender, color and religion can live peacefully together and how coexistence with respect can increase joy and happiness among the Toronto cultural society. Also, I am ready to cooperate with Toronto communities to teach film and having workshops and courses about making movies.
I am ready to participate in all process of making fiction and documentary films from writing a script to screen. Also, as a university film lecturer, I have taught film production, documentary filmmaking and digital arts courses to undergraduate students for over four years. I can teach film modules in different Toronto communities, workshops, courses, colleges and camps.