So Monday night the news came out and Finding Farideh was not visible on the shortlists for the Oscars 2020.
I was convinced we would be on the list. That though has more to do with my confidence in myself and the film and you know what..
I am fine.. the tension drifted away which feels like a liberation. Iran gave me this honor and that will never be otherwise. That will never change. Ofcourse the list would have been great, though Finding Farideh will always be Iran’s entry for Oscars 2020 with or without the Oscar. That matters to me most.
And yet a lot of people heard or read the title at least and might want to watch it anyway…
We were definitely the underdog with Finding Farideh, from Iran including all difficulties due to the political and economical sanctions, with no budget to begin with and then we did raise money for the PR and screenings… which was awesome.
So THANK YOU to all the crowdfunders for believing in Finding Farideh, I met so many beautiful and creative Iranians in Los Angeles, feeling so blessed to be part of this unique journey.. THANK YOU to the Academy Award members whom I met in LA for their warmth, support and love it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and you made me feel so welcome. THANK YOU to our wonderful team in LA, Nakta, Tatiana, Despina, Azadeh & Alireza, who made sure I was doing fine at all times, thank you for the love and support.
THANK YOU to Kamran and Paula for letting me stay in their place while I was there, I am forever grateful to you for your hospitality.
THANK YOU to all my new friends I made in LA (and at the airport and plane) and yes I will be back in January and hope to see you again while watching the sunset for example..
THANK YOU to all my Uber drivers in LA whom I had such inspirational spiritual conversations with I was very impressed by all of you and you showed me support and interest and opened up about oneself to me.
THANK YOU to the board of cinema in Iran for your belief in Finding Farideh and to be bold and brave enough to send Finding Farideh to the Oscars 2020. Till next time in Iran.
THANK YOU to the entire team of Finding Farideh in Iran and the Netherlands, everyone who worked so hard for this project. I see you and I thank you for all the love you showed me for Finding Farideh. It means the world to me.
THANK YOU God, guardian angels, spirits, ancestors and power animals for being with me in eternity.
BLESS ALL OF YOU.
Looking forward to going back to Los Angeles in January and attend two famous film festivals for Q & A. Finding Farideh will screen at 4 film festivals around the world in January so stay tuned for more exciting news!
And congratulations to all the filmmakers who did make it to the shortlist.