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Bijan Tehrani: My first question is about your first movie Kabul, Kabul I want to know going to Afghanistan, were you really scared? Sedika Mojadidi: Well, when I made my first film I was very inexperienced. I won’t say that I was scared really, I think I was more overwhelmed and disturbed and I think I was more depressed about the situation; You know the state of women and the state of poverty that I saw…and just the state of people’s lives and how miserable the situation was for them there. I think I was more depressed then scared. Bijan:…

An interview with couple Filmmaker Afsar Sonia Shafie and Martin Frei Synopsis: Afsar Sonia Shafie returns to Iran after an absence of five years. It is here in Tehran that she once again finds the women who have marked her life the most: her grandmother, mother, and sister. Contrary to the preconceived notions reigning in the West, in Shafie’s family it is the women who wear the pants despite their veils…, Shohreh Jandaghian – How did you come about to return to Iran and shoot “City Walls – My own private Tehran”? Afsar Sonia Shafie- At the very beginning my…

A Feature Documentary by Sherine Salama An interview with Sherine Salama Palestinian-Australian Filmmaker Shohreh Jandaghian- How did you first get involved in filmmaking, Sherine? Sherine Salama – Documentary film making for me has always been the perfect vehicle to express how I see the world. After travelling for many years I spent several years in Cairo, where I became interested in journalism. I wrote for English language newspapers and travelled to Jerusalem for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991. When I came back to Australia I worked as a television reporter, which was a great experience, but…

Born in Kenya on 1982, Hawa Noor is Camerawoman and Filmmaker who graduated from Mass Communication and Journalism at the Islamic University of Uganda in 2004. She started her internship in Press field and later worked as Camerawoman at the local TV station “Citizen”. Since 2004, she is working at NTV Station belongs to the Nation Media Group in Nairobi. Her last film “The Unspoken Samburu Handicapped Kids” is a short documentary shot in February 2006 in Kenya. Shohreh Jandaghian- Could you explain a bit about the theme you have chosen for your documentary? Hawa Noor- This is a feature…

“In Bam I met a man who was lost his wife and two daughters and he had only their picture…” After the horrible earthquake of December 2003 in Iranian oldest city “Bam”, Aliona van der Horst, Dutch-Russian Documentary maker was there to make her long documentary called “Voices of Bam”. A 90 minutes poetic documentary showing the lives of earthquake survivors while listening to their inner dialogues with their lost dears. Aliona van der Horst, Dutch- Russian documentary maker, born in Moscow and grew up in Holland, has studied Russian Language and Literature in Amsterdam (1993) and then later finished…

David Schreiber lives in Los Angeles, California. A former film critic and production executive, David Schreiber now works as director of digital film making for an art school in West Los Angeles. Bijan Tehrani: What do you think about the film education in USA? Does it have the right connections to the today’s world Cinema? David Shreiber: Labels are deceptive and often blur the true dynamics of an art form that is also an international industry. Pitting cinema in the U.S. against “global cinema” assumes that the globalization process that has cross-polinated much of world industry, fading and blurring borders,…

An interview with Iranian-Dutch Filmmaker Ramin Farahani Ramin Farahani is an independent filmmaker based in Amsterdam and Tehran. He studied Film directing at the Cinema and Theatre faculty of the Art University in Tehran 1989-93, followed by another study in the same direction at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam 1997. His last film is a documentary titled “Jews of Iran” shown in many international film festivals such as Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2005, New Zealand International Documentary Festival 2005 and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2006. “Jews of Iran” The Jewish settlement in Iran dates back to…

In 1996 during working on a short film in Amsterdam, I met Shoresh Kalantari who was studying film directing in “Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academi“. His short film “Meaning of Night” was Oscar nominated at that time and was shown in lots of international short film festivals. Shoresh moved later to Canada to study Film Production in Concordia University in Montreal and since 2004 he is working as TV producer for United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. ShJ- To start at the very beginning, what were the major factors that led you to take up working as a TV Producer…

Jonathan Wolf is Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and Managing Director of the American Film Market (AFM). The Independent Film & Television Alliance is the global trade association of independent distributors and producers of motion picture and television programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 160 members from 22 countries. The American Film Market (AFM) is the world’s largest motion picture trade event. The AFM is a global marketplace where more than $800 million in motion picture and television production and distribution deals are…

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