Azadeh Navai

Azadeh Navai (born 1985, Iran) holds an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Tehran. She creates 16mm and digital films with the focus on visual memory, its imprints through time and its fluctuations through age. Her films have been shown in a number of venues, including New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mothlight Microcinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, San Diego Underground Festival and REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles. Her film, Friday Mosque, won the Jury Award at Binghamton University Film Festival (SEFF), and her other film, Remembering the Pentagons, was mentioned on Artforum in 2016, as well as winning the Best Experimental Short award at FILMADRID. In her latest piece, The Yellow Curtain, she examines the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution through her grandfather's memories. Navai lives and works in Los Angeles.


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Recent Reviews

The Yellow Curtain

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The Yellow Curtain

The Iranian revolution (from the late 1970's) is recalled through the lives of 3 men. Persian author, Gholamhossein Saedi, a fictional character, Mansour, and the filmmaker's own grandfather, who worked...

The Yellow Curtain

Worthwhile if the viewer happens to be aware of prior circumstances, ie the Shah's (with a little help from his, and British Petroleum's, friends) removal of democratically elected Mossadegh in...

Remembering the Pentagons

Amateurish and mediocre photography pretentiously masquerading as some sort of arty Proustian remembrance of a Middle Eastern environment as a child. Most of the images bore no resemblance to the...