AFSAR SONIA SHAFIE

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Films

Children Of The Revolution

Arash

2018

Children Of The Revolution

Documentary, 83 min

A Film by: Afsar Sonia Shafie
Written by: Martin A. Frei & Afsar Sonia Shafie
Camera: Martin A. Frei & Saeed Pour Esmaeili

@SHAFIE Production

In a time where radicalism is on the rise “Children Of The Revolution” takes a closer and deeper look into the life of two young men from Tehran. It brings into light the persona of an atheist and a fan of heavy-metal music, Arash, and juxtaposes it with the portrait of a fundamentalist, Amir Arab. We learn how heavy metal becomes a beacon of hope and rebellion for a group of adolescents in a country that banns them from such music and considers it ill-gotten and unlawful. Children Of The Revolution is a cinematographic confrontation between two distinctive individuals with different family backgrounds. Their different upbringings had shaped their personalities in such way that their views on how a society should function are irreconcilable. The film looks back in time to understand why one of the two had to leave his home to seek refuge in Europe.

City Walls

City Walls

2006

City Walls-My own private Tehran

Documentary, 35mm, 87 min, Switzerland/ Iran/ HUGOFILM/ Zurich/

In times where headlines about the so called "Culture Clash" hunt each other, the Iranian filmmaker Afsar Sonia Shafie tells us a different story. It is the story of her grandmother, her mother and herself. In a very private and exemplary way the film tells us about how women fight for their right to progress. A fascinating, personal film about strong women in Iran.

Awards
2006 Vision du Reél, Nyon / Regards Neufs Jury Award & SUISSIMAGE Award
2008 IFFI, 17th International Film Festival, Innsbruck / Best Documentary Award

My city My home

My city My home

2004

My city My home

Co-direction with Martin A. Frei, (Video, DV 110 sec) Co-production
Martin Frei & Afsar Sonia Shafie/ and Police film Festival Teheran, Selected and presented in Police film festival, TEHERAN 2004

Trade

Trade

2004

Trade

Co-direction with Martin A. Frei (Video Performance, DV 9’43”min, Iran /Switzerland, Premier at the
World Wide Video Festival/Amsterdam/ selected and screened at the new media art festival, Seoul 2004)

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