Iranian immigrant filmmaker, Sabereh, seeks to find home in California, while worrying about a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran during the post 9/11 era. Her beloved mother’s death prompts her to a journey to her hometown of Tehran where she tries to reconcile with her distant and cynical father who insists that she decide to either stay in Iran or return to the U.S. permanently and “stop clowning” in her life. Over the next five years, she travels between the U.S. and Iran, staying six months in each country while taking care of her physically faltering father, wondering what it means to be a good daughter and independent woman. While living in a collective house in California, she begins learning more about gender issues and goddess cultures. Sabereh’s journey is intensely personal, exploring multiple layers of her identity as an Iranian American woman. By the time her father passes away, Sabereh has found peace within herself, and between Iran and her adopted home, by struggling with profound questions of national identity, family roles, gender, and the immigrant experience.






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.