Finding Farideh screened at various film festivals so far…

Gratefully Finding Farideh has had screenings during the following film festivals:

  • Cinema Vérité International Film Festival in Iran (Premiere 2017)
  • Fadjr International Film Festival in Iran (2018)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Cologne, Germany (2018)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic  (2018)
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana USA (2019)
  • International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine (2019)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland (2019)
  • Middle East NOW in Florence, Italy (2019)
  • Istanbul Film Festival in Turkey (2019)
  • Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia (2019)

I was invited to come to Zurich and Florence, I will share pictures and write about this experience as it was so inspirational to attend the screenings and the Q&A’s in these beautiful European cities.

Stay tuned!
With love,


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Humanism in Cinema Arts

Finding Farideh received a special prize ‘Humanism in Cinema Arts’ from the President of the Republic Tatarstan during the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival 2019.

I never heard of Tatarstan before so I had to google it.

Absolutely a great honor to receive this beautiful prize, so thank you Rustam Minnikhanov!  It means a lot.

Herewith the video of the award ceremony:

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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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