Simin Farkhondeh is an independent filmmaker, activist and educator of Film-Video Arts and Communications Theory, and has been long-term faculty at School of Visual Arts and Hampshire College before that. She continues to work on film and art projects while having taken on the exciting work of Education Director at Democracy Now!, the daily news hour, where she leads conversations with show guests and university and high school students about current events, independent journalism and news literacy.
Her film work includes co-directing the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a ten part series that aired on PBS stations; directing Labor at the Crossroads a monthly cable TV series on labor issues; Who Gives Kisses Freely from Her Lips, a hybrid film for which she received a Rockefeller Fellowship Award and other short films all distributed by Third World Newsreel. Simin holds an MFA in Film and continues to lecture at conferences and venues such as MIT or the New School on topics such as Iranian Cinema, News Literacy, and Independent Media.
Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an educator, writer and filmmaker. Of note are her films that focus on Iran and Iraq and which have been produced for KCET/Link TV, the National Geographic’s All Roads Project, and Deep Dish TV. She produced Link TV’s Bridge to Iran series that showcased documentaries from Iran and Deep Dish’s award-winning Shocking and Awful television series that covered the US invasion of Iraq. She holds an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University and has taught at Penn State University.
Her personal documentaries are about Iran and her deep relationship to the country she left as a young person, the upheavals of revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdistan region, and years of difficult history with the US. Her films have shown widely in museums, art houses, festivals, universities and on television. They include Road to Kurdistan, 2012; Cinema Encounters in Tehran, 2009; Women Like Us, 2002; A Place Called Home, 1998; Far From Iran, 1990. Some are distributed by Women Make Movies and Arab Films.