In an afternoon in spring 1994, when Afsaneh was 6 years old, her father asked her to bring him a pen. He then wrote: “I, Afsaneh, promise I will never marry and instead, devote my life to political change .“ He then asked her to sign the paper. That day, the joke turned out to be a source of stress for the girl who wanted to become an artist. Later in life, she now sees how these universes eventually emerge: documentary storytelling becomes her language to express views on a world in constant need to evolve.

Afsaneh works as a documentary film director, editor and producer. She’s based between Paris and Tehran. She has a BA in film editing from Art University of Tehran, holds a Master degree in Creative Directing and Cinematography from University of Paris 8 in France and has Masters of  Documentary Directing from Docnomads joint masters.  She’s the alumni of La Femis documentary course , Berlinale Talents and IDFA Academy.

She has so far received awards & grants form IDFA Bertha Fund, Sundance Institute, Doha Institute, Asian Cinema Fund and Vision Sud Est fund.  The first film she produced with an Afghan filmmaker, The Forbidden Strings | تارهای ممنوعه was premiered at IDFA 2019. And her first debut feature The Silhouettes won Jury Special Mention for Best film in Visions du Réel 2020.

Through her filmmaking practices, she explores human condition within the peripheries of modern societies in different meanings and forms. Afsaneh’s other passions include finding the animal equivalent of her friends and cooking different versions of lentil soup.

Contact:
afsaneh.salari2@gmail.com

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