Afsaneh Salari

Afsaneh Salari

Iran

In an afternoon in spring 1994, when Afsaneh was only 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 social change .“ He then asked her to sign the paper. From that day on, the joke turned out to be a source of stress for the girl who wanted to become an artist, but later in life, she finds herself not very far from both universes. She discovered cinema at the Art University of Tehran, where she saw in cinematic language a powerful tool to explore layers of meaning about human condition. She was the first Iranian to win the French foreign ministry scholarship to participate in La Femis documentary course in 2011. She then went to France to study Masters of creative directing at University of Paris 8 and in 2015, she received another master degree in documentary directing through Docnomads joint masters. Through her films, Afsaneh explores human condition within the peripheries of modern societies in different meanings and forms: war, labour, immigration, and old age are topics she’s worked on so far. For the film she directs and produces, Afsaneh has so far received funds 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 (2019)was premiered at IDFA 2019.