Biography: Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker. Her first film, BUT YOU SPEAK SUCH GOOD ENGLISH (UK), is a witty and poignant short exploring different aspects of the first generation Iranian immigrant experience from the insider’s perspective. The film played at over 20 festivals internationally.
Her feature debut, SEEDS, tells the story of ten brave teenagers from the world's most troubled conflict zones coming together to live side-by-side for one life-changing summer in Maine. SEEDS, premiered as the Opening Night Film at SilverDocs and went onto play at over 50 international film festivals. The film has been broadcast in the US, UK, New Zealand, Jamaica and across the Arab world. SEEDS is currently being distributed in the educational market and has been used widely as a tool for dialogue and conflict resolution workshops both in the classroom and in the community.
Marjan also produced the award-winning film for Audi A3/AFI Fest sponsored short film contest. Life As You Know It takes an eye-opening look at five young families trying to balance parenthood and their personal life dreams. The film was broadcast on A&E.
Marjan has lived in Tehran, London and New York and is now based in Los Angeles where she produces through her company, The Department of Expansion (www.DepartmentofExpansion.com) and serves as Chair of Outreach of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council, chartered and funded by the City of Los Angeles to promote citizen participation in government at a grassroots level.
Marjan is a well-known figure in the documentary community, and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association as well as co-hosting the pre-eminent documentary community online, The D-Word.