Afsaneh Salari

On an afternoon in the spring of 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 emerged: creative documentary became her language in order to articulate her observations on a world in constant need to evolve–reality became her material to create and propose. Afsaneh works as a documentary film director, editor, producer & creative consultant. She’s based between Paris and Tehran. She has a BA in film editing from the Art University of Tehran, holds a Master’s degree in Creative Directing and Cinematography from the University of Paris 8 in France, and has a Master of Documentary Directing from Docnomads joint masters.  She’s an alumnus of La Femis documentary course, Berlinale Talents, and IDFA Academy. She also collaborates with Ateliers Varan in France as an editing coach. Afsaneh has so far received awards & grants from IDFA Bertha Fund, Sundance Institute, Doha Institute, Asian Cinema Fund, and Vision Sud Est fund. The first film she produced with Afghan filmmaker Hasan Noori, The Forbidden Strings | تارهای ممنوعه premiered at IDFA 2019. And her first debut feature The Silhouettes won Jury Special Mention for Best film in Visions du Réel 2020.