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‘Shahrzaad’s Tale’ Recalls A Pioneering Iranian Woman and Filmmaker

'Shahrzaad's Tale' Recalls A Pioneering Iranian Woman and Filmmaker

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Shahrzaad’s Tale

Logline: A lyrical documentary about Shahrzaad, Kobra Amin-Sa’idi, a veteran actor, dancer, poet and Iran’s first woman filmmaker whose work is currently banned and who is now a wandering homeless woman in search of survival.

Elevator Pitch: 
Shahrzaad’s Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema; it is the story of an accomplished poet, filmmaker and cultural critic who was tragically silenced by the political storms of the period.

It is a sincere account, a sensitively illustrated and rendered portrait of a woman artist, who despite the unfortunate turn of events has not given up hope and still thrives on artistic and intellectual endeavours. Through Shahrzaad’s story, this documentary will also shed light on parts of Iranian life, culture, and history that are still obscure to the international community.

Production Team:
Director | Producer: Shahin Parhami is an independent Iranian-Canadian filmmaker, based in Montreal, Canada. He has directed several award-winning short and feature-length projects. His films have been screened at many prestigious international film festivals such as Moscow InternationalFilm Festival, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki, the Nouveau Festival du Cinema, and the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. His most recent work, “Amin” (2010), was funded by the Asian Network of Documentary (AND), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and was also nominated for best feature documentary at Asian Pacific Screen Awards (the “Asian Oscars”) in 2011.

About the Film:
Growing up in Iran, I was exposed to Iranian popular cinema of the 1960s-1970s. As a child, I became familiar with the actress Shahrzaad, who was then a cinema star. She always stood out to me, playing the characters of tough, street-smart, working-class women. Later, I learned that Shahrzaad was a published poet and a filmmaker. After the revolution, like many artists, Shahrzaad’s work got banned. In the recent years, I read an article, calling her the most famous homeless woman in Iran. Her story deeply saddened me and provoked me to make a film about this extraordinary woman.

Current Status: We are fundraising for the final stages of Post-Production (fine edit, color correction, sound mix, exhibition prints and festival submissions).

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