SABEREH KASHI, PHD
Documentary filmmaker and editor Sabereh Kashi is passionate about connecting people through storytelling to foster cross-cultural communication. She made her first documentary Lalezar Street (2000) in Iran. She evolved her personal documentary storytelling skills while editing Calling Nate (2004), the personal story of a transgender teenager in Canada, and continued with editing and co-writing Our Summer in Tehran (2011) by Academy Award nominee Justine Shapiro. These films have screened in internationally recognized film festivals (IDFA,Hot Docs, Fajr,UNAFF, Inside Out), aired on PBSnationally, and on European, Latin American, and Israeli national televisions. Her current project is HOME YET FAR AWAY, a personal documentary about her journeys between Iran and the U.S. to reconnect with her roots in Iran and to make a new connection between American and Iranian people. The film is currently in late production and was featured on BBC Persian’s “Chamedan” (Suitcase) which was broadcast to over 120 million Persian speaking people. She created trailers for In The Name of Their Mothers, co-produced by BBC and winner of the audience award at the UK Jewish Film Festival, and Sonita, which won the audience award at Sundance. She recently co-edited the award-winning short Surviving International Boulevard. For her PhD dissertation in Art Research at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, she studied the female characters of a two-thousand-year-old Persian folk story, using Jungian psychoanalysis. In 2017, she was selected as a Citizenship Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She will also be a filmmaker-in-residence of SF FilmHousein 2018. She co-founded Re-Present Media, a non-profit aiming to humanize media representations of underrepresented communities through personal documentary films and non-fiction media.