Maryam Tafakory (b. Iran) is an artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. She is based between London and Shiraz. Her broader research explores depictions of erasure, secrecy, [un]touchable, and [un]spoken prohibitions. She has an ongoing body of essayistic videos on representations of women [lack thereof] in Iranian post-revolution cinema. 

She studied her MFA at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and her work has been exhibited internationally including; MoMA Doc Fortnight, Rotterdam IFFR; True/False; Edinburgh EIFF; Melbourne MIFF; Zurich Film Festival;  Whitechapel Gallery; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; and Anthology Film Archives NY.

She won the Ammodo Tiger Short Award at 51st IFFR, Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Jury Award at Documenta Madrid, and Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente, and was nominated for Found Footage Award at 47th IFFR, and Best Short Award at 67th MIFF. 

Her work has appeared in Criterion's Daily, Sight&Sound, and Filmmaker Magazine. She was selected for Videonale.17, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and twice awarded the Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize in 2017 and 2019.  

She was the 2019 Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence, New York, and received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2022.


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