Lovely review of Finding Farideh by Deborah Young in The Hollywood Reporter!
A gentle, straightforward story filled with emotion.
Click here for the article… and enjoy!
Thank you Deborah Young! And for making my ego a happy one today…
“The attractive single warm young woman”
(In that aspect nothing really changed lol…)
Enjoy your day!
My second day I left for the Pacific Ocean… after all the excitement of yesterday, this was exactly what I needed to do. Walking down the ocean as my host Kamran was living only a few miles away from Ocean Drive in Santa Monica.
I was dressed in black and with trousers, that was a bit too winterish… as the sun was burning my skin and the sweat was on my forehead and back… yes even in autumn it is summer here during the day! Loving the palm trees, the neighborhood, the sky and the people… everything is better in the sun.
I walked up to the beach, decided not to walk to the Pier and a lot of tourist. Walked straight to the ocean and sat down. Taking my socks and shoes off to feel the sand between my toes. Feeling the sunrays on my skin, hearing the gulls in the sky above the waves of the Pacific Ocean, smelling the fresh salt air and listening to my own heartbeat at the same time. This is a moment to experience with all senses. Hearing the sirens of the city at a far distance, watching people jogging, feeling the wind in my hair and staring into the sun sparkles in the sea… the feeling of admiration to all that is. Inside me and outside me.
I started singing with the voice message’s of Sonja’s songs with whom I sing in a female circle twice per month in Amsterdam. Sweet melodies cq mantra’s with powerful messages.. I couldn’t resist to sing one song over and over again. It gives me dept of my innerworld, it colors my innerworld and I feel free when singing. I feel so many emotions at the same time and I am growing and feeding my own voice & soul.
Magic moments with the rhythm of the waves, dancing with the sunrays in my mind and flirting with beauty of life. At those moments I feel one with the universe.
Thank you Mother Earth and Grandfather Sun for all you give to me and the world.
Forever grateful to you.
PS. The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match with the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. -Joseph Campbell-
The last time I was in Los Angeles was in 1999, exactly 20 years ago, as that was the last stop of my ‘Tour around the world in 80 days’ with my boyfriend at that time. We stayed in the Roosevelt Hotel at Hollywood Boulevard. This is where the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 and due to it’s historical value we’d chosen The Roosevelt Hotel. Also the fact that Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane) used to live there was probably one of the other reasons as I was fascinated by her life while I was growing up. I remember that Ziggy Marley and his band just arrived in the same hotel back in 1999.
The next day, after my arrival, I had a screening of Finding Farideh, a matinee screening.
I invited the former director of the orphanage in Tehran, who played an important role in my adoption process, Miss Emilia Karpaty. She was the heart and soul back in the ’70 of the international Farah Diba Orphanage. Every foreign parent who adopted a child knows her and therefor every adoptee knows her too.
It was an emotional moment to meet her and her sister at Archlight Cinema in Culver City before the screening, knowing that she was in my life prior my Dutch parents… gaining a piece of my own history… what a special day! And what a thrilling day it was!
I also invited two Iranian adoptees who are living in LA region. In 2012 I created a Facebook group Iranian Adoptees Worldwide and we have now around 80 members from all over the world. Raana is an Iranian adoptee raised in the US and Keyvan is an Iranian adoptee raised in Sweden. We are all from the Farah Diba orphanage and were all three adopted in 1977!
So busy times for me before screening as I was also meeting the Iranian-American moderator Parisa (crewmember of AWFF), our PR agent and all of this happening in the last 20 minutes before showtime! Hectic and so worth it.
Afterwards I met the audience and did a Q & A… love doing this! Thank you to everyone I met that day, it was a memorable day!
What a brilliant start of my journey in Los Angeles…
41 years later… we meet again!
Keyvan, Farideh, Emilia and Raana
Last week I got back I realized the situation in Iran is pretty bad.. I couldn’t write about my experience in LA right away as I was feeling sad, confused and felt pain for all the Iranians in Iran who are struggling to survive and are demonstrating for their rights. The economical sanctions are effecting the people of Iran to the core. I feel powerless and hope the situation will change for the better in the future. I am thinking of you all and sending you love, light and strength in these dark times. My heart goes out to all of you.
Finding Farideh has two screenings at Asian World Film Festival and I will be there to answer all your questions after the film!
Finding Farideh will screen at:
7th of November at 14.00h
11th of November at 21.00H
Archlight Cinema in Culver City Los Angeles.
For tickets please check here and this is the website of AWFF
Looking forward to see you all there in sunny California!
“Art is the conversation between lovers.
Art offers an opening for the heart.
True art makes the divine silence in the soul
Break into applause.
Art is, at last, the knowledge of
Where we are standing –
Where we are standing
In this Wonderland
When we rip off all our clothes
And this blind man’s patch, veil,
That got tied across our brow.
Art is the conversation between lovers.
True art awakes the
Why does Finding Farideh need a second crowdfunding?
Finding Farideh is made by independandent filmmakers… what does that exactly mean?
Kourosh and Azadeh are independant filmmakers from Iran, this means that they were not hired by a production- or a film company to make this film.
They read about me and read my blog while I was already busy searching for family for almost a year… and thought it would be interesting enough to make a documentary about my first return to Iran and my search for family.
So in the category “Best international feature film” of the Academy Awards, we are competing with block buster films who all have a production company, film company and probably a huge budget for PR.
Fiction or animation films usually have a different start up than a documentary film. As they are meant for commercial use and documentary film it is all about telling the story rather than earning money with it..
The entire crew made Finding Farideh due to LOVE for film making.. due to love for the story.
Now we need to UNITE people around the world who would LOVE to support the Iranian Cinema at the Oscars 2020 in Los Angeles US.
Let us all PROVE that our love for cinema and art is much STRONGER than any sanction, than any rule or regulation made by any country.
ART has no boundaries and art is made from the HEART.
FINDING FARIDEH is made from the heart.
Finding Farideh shows that we are all HUMAN and searching for our own TRUTH in life.
This is for the LOVE of the Iranian people, my heritage, my ancestors and my birth mother and father who live in Iran. I HONOR them in my body & soul.
Pls share this page with anyone YOU think who might be interested to show the UNIVERSE we stand TOGETHER and are holding HANDS…..
THANK YOU! MERCI!