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Maryam Tafakory (Iran)

Maryam Tafakory (b. Shiraz, Iran) is an artist-filmmaker whose work draws on the notion of ‘personal as political’ in a fractured narrative that involves a subtle negotiation between factual and fiction, exploring allegorical forms of visual narrative, using abstracted, symbolic and textual motifs and their on-screen representation.

Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MoMA Doc Fortnight; ICA London; True/False; Pergamon Museum; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives amongst others. She has received several awards including the Tiger Short at 51st IFFR, Gold Hugo Award at 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at 60th AAFF, Best Experimental Short Film at 70th MIFF, the Jury Prize at Documenta Madrid, and the Best International Short Film at 29th l'Alternativa Barcelona. She was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence (NY) in 2019, and was a MacDowell Fellow in 2022.

Maryam Tafakory's website


  • Nazarbazi
  • Irani Bag
  • I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin
  • Absent Wound
  • Poem and Stone
  • Fragments of a Letter to a Child Unborn
  • Taklif
  • I Was Five When I Became a Woman
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