Big Sky Film Festival in Montana, USA

Next week Finding Farideh will have it’s North American premiere during Big Sky Film Festival in Montana, USA.

Please click here for more information and to order your ticket!

So far Finding Farideh received the following awards:
* Winner of 4 awards in Iran’s international documentary film festival “Cinema Verite” : (Best Film in Art & Experience Section, Best Editing, Best Music and Festival director’s special prize).
* Winner of the best documentary award at the 20th Iran’s Cinema Celebration Academy Awards.
* Winner of an honorary diploma for best directing and the award for best sound design in the 10th Independent Celebration of Iranian Documentary Films.
* Winner of the best documentary film in the 1st “Cinema Cinema Academy Awards”

And in the meantime I am now busy with the distribution of Finding Farideh in the Netherlands.

To all my dear crowdfunders and friends who have waited so patiently over the years, your patience will be rewarded in the end, thank you so much for your support!

Finding Farideh is still showing in Art & Experience cinema’s in Iran since November 2018, so it is still running after 3 months! Absolutely a dream come true.
I am receiving messages from the audience in Iran and they all are so loving & warm, it makes my heart jump up and down from all the love.

Soon I will publish more exciting news!
With love,


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Sweet music

First some sweet music and then I will start writing again as so much happening and I need to share it with you!

Last summer I got introduced by the music of Mahsa Vahdat. When I heard this song I was thrilled by the words, the vibrance of the two voices together and apart, the words, the silence in between, the angelic voice of Mahsa and the deep soul sound of Sam… Ever since I am repeating the song and feel a million feelings within me. In september Mahsa visited Amsterdam and I had to go and see her. Sam passed over to the other side in 2015.
Bless him and her for the inspiration they are giving me.

With love,

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Award Ceremony Best Editor

Herewith 2 video’s (filmed by Negar), the first one is showing all nominated films in the category Best Editor and the second we see Hamid receiving his well deserved Award!!

Nice detail is that Hamid was nominated 17 times in his life but never won an award, now he finally did! PROUD of the fact that his first award is for Finding Farideh.

With love,


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Finding Farideh received 4 awards!

The crew of Finding Farideh attended the Award ceremony and Finding Farideh received 4 awards after being nominated in 8 categories!

Finding Farideh received the following awards:

Best film Art & Experience
Best editor by Hamid Najafi Rad
Best music by Afshin Azizi 
Special award from the director of the Cinema Verite film festival

What an incredible awards for the best crew in the world!
So proud of everyone involved! Feeling honoured & blessed.

The reactions of the audience are truely heartwarming and feeling a lot of support by them. Hopefully we are able to announce soonish when the next premiere will be outside Iran and hopefully in Europe somewhere…

This is a short video after they announced that Finding Farideh won the best film Art & Experience… Enjoy!

With love,

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Trailer of Finding Farideh

Herewith I proudly present to you the trailer of Finding Farideh:

Directors: Azadeh Moussavi & Kourosh Ataee
Director of Photography: Mohamad Hadadi
Sound Recorder: Hassan Shabankareh
Editor: Hamid Najafirad
Music: Afshin Azizi
Colorist: Billy Wychgel
Sound design: Ensieh Maleki
Translator: Sahar Nahrvar & Negar Rahimi
Production Manager: Shauheen Daneshfar
Assistent Director: Sadaf Sadeghianpour


PS. If you like to follow me here in Iran please have a look at my instagram account for pictures and video’s @findfarideh

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Our official invitation to the premiere of Finding Farideh

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Back in Iran for the 3rd time!

Last night I arrived in Tehran for the film festival Cinema Verite where Finding Farideh will have it’s premiere this Wednesday 13th of December at 21.00 hours. The second screening will be held at Friday 15th at 15.00. There are around 300 seats available and the entrance is free of charge, so show up on time my dear friends as there probably will be a queue. We already decided to sit in the back (my favorite spot) of the cinema so we can watch and hear the audience reaction to the film.

I still have to pinch myself for realizing what it all actually means. I feel only love within me for this film, project, Iran and the people, the crew, who all became my friends over the years. A true blessing. After being busy with it for 4 years it all comes together… the film in all it’s beauty and radiance for the love of adoptees in general and especially the ones adopted from Iran and living abroad.

It makes me think of all Iranian adoptees worldwide, my sisters and brothers from another mother ;). This film is meant to create awareness and to show what it is like to be adopted and to go searching for your own history. It shows you that you have to deal with the questionmarks in life about yourself, the reason why you were abandoned and to find your own path within all the emotions like the pain, hurt, rejection and overcome the difficulties of life. To feel worthy of life and to feel worthy of love.

Visiting Iran is the closest I can come to my birth family wherever they are. If they are still alive. Millions of women here in Iran had to leave their baby in order to survive. An act out of desperation and something they have to live with it their intire lives. If you are a mother you probably can not imagine what it must feel like as you would never had to make this choice and yet they had to. A seperation for rational reasons and not made by the heart. We stay in the mothers heart forever.

She stays in my heart forever. Sending her loving energy and hoping she will catch the news one day about the film Finding Farideh. The hope never leaves the heart though in reality we might never meet. But you never know what God has in store for me, right! Either way I am in peace and complete harmony with whatever happens. I am part of her and I honour her gracefully in my entire body, soul and heart. She is a part of me.
I love her deeply.

Today is a nice quiet day, Kourosh and Azadeh are busy writing invitations for the crowdfunders here and to invite anyone who might be interested to see the film.
Another thing it is still Iran… today the catalogue of the film festival was released and they made a lot of mistakes in our section… they even changed the title into ‘In search of Farideh’ (……) and the English part is poorly translated. Oh well you can’t have it all and the English language is still a difficult subject for many Iranians as proven now.

If you like, I am sharing pictures/video’s mainly on instagram as that is directly connected with my mobile phone, you can find me @findfarideh.

And in the meantime stay tuned for more updates!
With love,
با عشق


PS. This is the film poster of Finding Farideh designed by the famous designer Ali Bagheri.

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