Poets of Life
Shirin Barghnavard is a member of the Iranian Film Cinema Documentation Association and the Iranian Short Film Society. She began filmmaking in 1997 with the production of several short and experimental films. After graduating in the field of cinema from Soreh University in 1999 she continued her studies at cinematic school of the Central Institute for Technology in Australia, and returned to Iran after graduating in cinema directing in 2007.
She has directed several short short stories such as “Eclipse” and “Mona Lisa,” as well as several documentaries, including “21 Days and Me,” “Profession: Documentary,” and “Scenes of a Divorce.” She is also the author of several documentaries, including “Hey Humans” directed by Rakhshan Bani Etemad and “Taklif Celebration” directed by Firouzeh Khosravani. Her films have been featured and won at various festivals, including awards from the Best Director of the Fourth Women’s Herat Film Festival, the Tim Hetherington Award from the Sheffield Festival, the Special Jury Award from the Asiatica Festival, the Special Jury Award from the Mumbai Women’s Documentary Film Festival, the Special Young Jury Award from the third Short Film Festival in Tehran and etc.
Shirin Parsi, with a strong, hardworking, determined and tireless spirit, has a romantic and deep view at life and its various dimensions. She has a very high value for life, and she believes in humans and their influence on the environment around them. That’s why she has a completely different life. A life, which has created an attractive and influential personality, and at a time when social and economic upheavals have led to frustration and despair in the community, she proves the endurance of humans by relying on a different insights and understanding of her life and events.