Impacted by the disturbance of revolution, war, and immigration, Iranian-American Sabereh worries about a U.S. military strike on Iran during the post 9/11 era. She feels detached from her emotions and alienated from her surroundings in California. When her beloved mother suddenly passes away, she spins on a journey between her two homelands in political conflict, where she seeks to reconnect with her eccentric and authoritarian father, reclaim her womanhood, and make a new understanding between Iranian and American people. The film is a visual essay/journal comprised of scenes with various textures and styles that draws viewers into the personal journey of the filmmaker between America and Iran. As her relationship with her father transforms from one of distances and formality to one of warmth and tenderness Sabereh rediscovers her own feminine identity. The observational camera follows her encounters with her genderqueer housemates in the U.S. She also explores feminine roots of Shia grieving rituals, and discusses gender politics with outspoken actresses in Tehran.  Anticipated running time is 60-70 minutes.      










poems of winter and cigarettes


This diary-style documentary follows two days in the life of an eloquent and opinionated playwright and director, Siavish Shabanpour, a once promising young poet in Iran. While experiencing the seemingly mundane events of his life in snowy Toronto, Canada, Siavash expresses his wistful and witty opinions about culture shock and his new life as an immigrant. He slowly unveils his personal dilemma with love and sexuality while challenging the Iranian communitys sexual taboos in his plays. Meanwhile, struggling with language barriers and isolation at his university Theater Studies program, he seeks to find his place in Canadian society.








Lalezar street


In this experimental film, an Iranian couple explore Lalezar Street, long renowned as the hub of Western culture in the heart of the Iranian capital, as it transforms from glamour and efflorescence to negligence and abomination.