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Filmmaker and Visual Artist

NILOOFAR ASADI

I am an independent filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco, CA. I grew up in Iran, in a complex society that aspires to assume a redefined modern identity yet maintains a rather strong tie to religious and patriarchal traditions. Not only did this acute dichotomy that continues to characterize contemporary Iran inform my social battles, but it also shaped my artistic endeavors in drawing upon a universal art-making language, often accompanied with a strong local accent, that crosses standard socio-cultural boundaries. Portraying human stories beyond such limits has, in fact, been at the core of my artistic mission throughout my journey as an independent filmmaker.

 

As a high school student fascinated with cinema, I was aspiring to attend film school to pursue my passion for visual storytelling, but studying motion pictures and television at that stage was only for men! Yet I found my way to cinema through studying other forms of visual arts, from graphics and painting, to photography, while in parallel doing experimental filmmaking, as well as writing and directing theatrical plays. Working as a visual artist and experimenting with different media has in turn, given me a visual eloquence, which continues to enrich the visual language of my films.

 

Cinema is the ultimate medium for me to realize my artistic vision through human stories and translate hope, fear, and human suffering into films. Cinema is an aperture for me to echo reality that people cannot face and accentuate human emotions. 

My approach to filmmaking is very subjective because of my exposure to some existential challenges like migration, cancer, and displacement. Through Cinema, I explore stories that touch upon human experiences and depict what people do when facing existential challenges, whether identity crisis, migration, disease, wars, etc. Through the power of visual language, I want to portray how people bear with their feelings and emotions when they encounter hardships, how they reshape their relationships, and how they redefine themselves in contrast with others.

 

I am on a mission to narrate stories that motivate us to sympathize with people who face complexities.

AWARDS

OFFICIAL SELECTION

AFRICA

HUMAN RIGHTS

FILM FESTIVAL

2021

NOMINEE

BEST PICTURES

NEXTUP

FILM FESTIVAL

2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION

PRAGUE

INTERNATIONA 

FILM AWARDS

2021

BEST SHORT

DOCUMENTRY

NEXTUP

FILM FESTIVAL

2021

NOMINEE

BEST EDITING

NEXTUP

FILM FESTIVAL

2021

In Pursuit of Freedom

Best Short Documentary, NXT Up Film Festival, 2021.

Official selection, Short Documentary; Africa Human Rights Film Festival, 2021.

Best editing, Nominee; NXT UP Film Festival, 2021.

Presence

Official Selection, Best short movie; Prague International Film Awards 2021.

Best editing, Nominee; NXT UP Film Festival, 2021.

Reflection

Photo Exhibition; The Laundry, San Francisco, California, 2019. 

 

Witness

Photo Exhibition; Metreon, San Francisco, California, 2018. 

Friday

Theatrical play, Village Theater, and Art Gallery, Danville, California, 2018. 

YOURK OPERA

Theatrical play, Buriel Clay Theatre, San Francisco, California, 2017. 

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