Festival highlights currently on tour in the U.S.

A Survivor from Magadan

A Survivor from MagadanAref MohammadiDocumentary60

A Survivor from Magadan

In 1947, at the age of 20, Ata Safavi who was a leftist activist in Iran was threatened by (Mohammad Reza) Shah's agents with exile to a remote town in south of Iran. Thus, he decided to escape to the Soviet Union, envisioned by many Iranians as the Communist's Paradise. For his attempted illegal entry into the Soviet Union, he was immediately captured and sentenced to two years in prison, where he was obliged to work in a brick-works factory. Later K.G.B. agents took him for additional investigations and convicted him for espionage for imperialism to spend twenty five years in a prison in Magadan, a town located in northeastern Russia and a part of Siberia. While most of his three thousands fellow prisoners died or committed suicide, Ata decided to fight for his right to live. This is the story of his best years spent in the most inhuman circumstances…


Chicken with Plums

Chicken with PlumsMarjane Satrapi &Vincent ParonnaudFeature93

Chicken with Plums

Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.


Dimensions

DimensionsNeysan SobhaniShort5

Dimensions

This short film explores the concept of the 'dimensions' we occupy through the brief yet intense experience of two young people. It asks us how deep are the bonds that tie? How tenuous are our emotional attachments and our motivations that drive our feelings of joy and grief? We seek to spark ideas and discussion, not knowing where it may lead for each person, of whether loss is truly loss, permanence is truly permanent and whether the cords that are embedded in the fabric of our lives are, in fact, illimitable.

Filmed in Beijing, China, the aim was to provide a pared down backdrop to a simple but hopefully compelling story. Using subtitles was critical as we thought that the characters 'silence' is essential in order to allow the words on screen to find their own voice in each viewer's mind.


Fade

FadeParish RahbarShort13

Fade

Seated at a wake, Shay is grieving her loss when suddenly confronted by a mysterious man with a piercing stare. Unable to avoid him, Shay delves into fragments of memories and precious moments that defined the love she once shared with her husband, Joe. Shay arrives at her resolution and finds peace in having experienced love.


Filly Brown

Filly BrownYoussef Delara & Michael D. OlmosFeature104

Filly Brown

FILLY BROWN is an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromise. Majo Tonorio, aka, "Filly Brown" is a young, raw hip-hop artist from Los Angeles who spits rhymes from the heart. With a mother in prison and a father struggling to provide for his daughters, Majo knows that a record contract could be her family's ticket out. But when a record producer offers her a shot at stardom, she is suddenly faced with the prospect of losing who she is as an artist, as well as the friends who helped her reach the cusp of success.

Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, FILLY BROWN is propelled by an exceptional cast featuring Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos and the legendary Jenni Rivera in her final on-screen performance. Fueled by a fierce hip-hop score, FILLY BROWN heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the electrifying title role.


My Stolen Revolution

My Stolen RevolutionNahid Persson SarvestaniDocumentary58

My Stolen Revolution

After recent protests in Iran awaken Filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani's memories to a time when as a young activist she fled after the 1979 revolution, she begins a quest to find her surviving friends. Haunted by the guilt of abandoning her imprisoned friends and her brother, Rostam, who was later executed, she finally finds them and learns about their horrific torture and about Rostam's final days."


Pepe & Lucas

Pepe & LucasMo DavoudianAnimation9

Pepe & Lucas

A hi-tech street fight is waged between an angry clown and an innocent street mime to finish centuries of rivalry that finally proves who greater entertainer. But they find that they bring happiness to a world without joy by working together.


Plastic Flowers Never Die

Plastic Flowers Never DieRoxanne VarziDocumentary33

Plastic Flowers Never Die

The war with Iraq was the largest mobilization of the Iranian population, achieved primarily by producing and promoting a culture of martyrdom based on religious themes found in Shii Islam. Martyrdom became state policy. Khomeini made it clear the war was a spiritual one that the people, and not a professional army, would fight. It would be a sacred defense; a war of good against evil, of spirit against military might, where a human wave of believers would form a wall of defense against the Iraqis. Over 800,000 people died.

Anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Roxanne Varzi spent twelve years researching and writing about post-Revolution public culture in Iran. As an Iranian-American who was born in Iran and left shortly after the Revolution she found that even though she had missed the war with Iraq it was omnipresent. She spent a year in Iran w/o a film permit speaking to ideologically driven mural painters, museum curators, war vets and other cultural producers alongside the secular youth who were meant to consume the culture created by the government. The result is an experimental documentary and meditation on the aftermath of the war, and especially the mourning after.


Shadow of Love

Shadow of LoveAmeneh MoghaddamShort13

Shadow of Love

My story is about a man wants to sleep but he can't because of his wife's snoring.


Silk

SilkCatherine DentShort17

Silk

Silk is the story of Rani (Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo) a woman given away by her family and forced into marriage at age 11. Now an immigrant living and working in the garment industry of downtown LA with a husband she never loved, Rani encounters a group of brazen young woman who will illuminate what life is like outside the confines of her forced marriage .

Silk is an original screenplay, written by Catherine Dent & Eyal Alony, and was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning photo essay, Too Young to Wed by Stephanie Sinclair.

Catherine Dent is one of eight filmmakers chosen to participate in the prestigious program, the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW). National statistics published by the DGA indicate that only 7% of working film directors are women. The AFI DWW can proudly claim that 25% of its alumna have secured professional directing credits since participating in the program.


Snow on Pines

Snow on PinesPayman MaadiFeature92

Snow on Pines

Roya, a piano teacher (Mahnaz Afshar), realizes that her marriage to Ali is in a deadlock when she discovers some of her husband's secrets. In the meantime she meets a young musician (played by indie actor Saber Abar) and has to make a painful choice. This directorial debut from writer and actor Payman Maadi (A Separation), evocatively filmed in black and white, scored best actress award for Mahnaz Afshar and best film and best script awards for Maadi at the 2013 Iranian Film Critics Guild Awards. From writer/director Payman Maadi. Cast Saber Abbar, Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh, Hossein Pakdel, Bahare Riyahi.


Targeting Iran

Targeting IranAndy NorrisDocumentary68

Targeting Iran

Targeting Iran is designed to help Western audiences understand the complexities of historic and contemporary U.S./Iranian relations in an effort to derail potential military action. Based on the book by David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari. Interviewees include Barsamian, Chomsky, Mozaffari, Trita Parsi, Nazila Fathi, Stephem Kinzer and Vandana Shiva. Stunning visual footage of contemporary Iran provided by travel writer/television host Rick Steves.


The Muslims Are Coming

The Muslims are comingNegin Farsad & Dean ObeidallahDocumentary80

The Muslims are coming

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! follows a band of Muslim-­‐American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These Muzzies not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth."

Throughout the film, comedy icons like Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi and broadcast heavy weights like Rachel Maddow, Soledad O'Brien, Ali Velshi and The Young Turk's Cenk Uygur comment on the power of comedy and the political scope of bigotry. Rest assured, you've never laughed this hard at a Muslim!


When We Pass by Each Other‏

When We Pass by Each OtherElika RezaeeShort17

When we pass by each other

One morning like any other, a couple is getting ready to go to work. He takes the car, and she takes a taxi because he doesn't wait for her. They meet up by chance a little while later, when they really weren't thinking about each other anymore.


Previous years Program Books

NFF-01 Program Book
NFF-01
[16MB PDF]
NFF-02 Program Book
NFF-02
[24MB PDF]
NFF-03 Program Book
NFF-03
[5MB PDF]
NFF-04 Program Book
NFF-04
[3.1MB PDF]
NFF-05 Program Book
NFF-05
[4.6MB PDF]
NFF-06 Program Book
NFF-06
[2.9MB PDF]