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[2015-2017] MFA [with Distinction]. Oxford University  

[2017-2020] PhD in Fine Art [full scholarship / straight pass], Kingston University 

[solo exhibitions & screenings]

[2024] Bozar Films, Brussels 

[2023] MoMA, Modern Mondays, New York 

[2023] National Gallery of Art, DC [link]

[2023] MoMI, New York  [link]

[2023] LUX, London  [link]

[2023] Nadežda Petrović Gallery, Čačak

[2023] Courtisane Festival , Ghent [link]

[2023] Filmoteca de Catalunya, la Inesperada, Barcelona

[2023] BFMAF, Berwick  [link]

[2023] 42nd IKSV, Istanbul 

[2023] Jester, Genk

[2022] performance at e-flux, New York  [link]

[2022] DokuFest, Kosovo  [link]

[2022] 41st Uppsala Short Film Festival  [link]

[2022] CIFF - Points North Institute

[2022] e-flux Screening Room, New York  [link]

[2022] Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn  [link

[2022] Open City Documentary Festival, London [link]


[two-person screenings]

with Su Friedrich  [link]

with Forugh Farrokhzad  [link

with Éric Baudelaire  [link] 

with Vivienne Dick  

[selected awards & nominations]

Nominated for the Œil d’Or at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight

Nominated for Queer Palm at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight

Awarded the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary Short - 58th Chicago Int’l Festival

Awarded Ammodo Tiger Short Award - 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR 

Awarded Best Experimental Short Film - 70th & 71st Melbourne International Film Festival, MIFF

Nominated for Found Footage Award at 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR 

Awarded Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award - 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, AAFF

Awarded Best International Short Film - 29th l'Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona

Awarded Best Visual Concept - 12th Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, BIEFF

Awarded the runner-up Prize for the Best UK Short Film - London Short Film Festival, LSFF

Awarded Best Short Film - 15th Archivio Aperto, Bologna

[selected group exhibitions]

[2023] Villa Medici: The French Academy in Rome
[2023] Tromsø Kunstforening
[2022] Haus der Kulturen der Welt [HKW]
[2022] LCCA, the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art [Survival Kit]

[2021] Project Arts Centre, Dublin

[2021] M HKA, Antwerp
[2021] Pergamon Museum, Berlin
[2019] Anthology Film Archive, New York
[2019] VIDEONALE.17, Kunstmuseum Bonn
[2019] Parasol unit Found
ation for Contemporary art, London

[selected recent screenings]

[2023] Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 
[2023] New York Film Festival [NYFF 61st]
[2023] Toronto Film Festival [TIFF Wavelengths 48th] [link]
[2023] Vancouver Int’l FF [42nd VIFF]
[2023] Locarno Film Festival [
[2023] International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam [IDFA]

[2023] Black Canvas FCC, New Horizon Competition
[2023] FICUNAM International Festival
[2023] DMZ International Documentary Film Festival [DMZ Docs]

[2023] 50th Film Fest Ghent
[2023] Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
[2022] True/False Film Festival
[2022] MoMA Doc Fortnight New York [
[2022] Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival [IFFR 2016/2018/2022] [

[2022] RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival
[2022] 38th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
[2022] Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin


by Dylan Huw [ArtForum

by Mike Hoolboom [Found Footage Magazine – print]

by Kevin B. Lee [FilmExplorer]

by Elhum Shakerifar [LUX London

by Mahan Moalemi [NonFiction]
by Namrata Joshi [National Herald]
by Ben Nicholson [Film Verdict]

by Flavia Dima [Films in Frame]
by Elhum Shakerifar [words sketched onto the night’s taut skin]

by José Sarmiento Hinojosa [desistfilm]


by Catherine Grant [Criterion Daily]

by Addie Morfoot [Variety]

by Lukas Brasiskis [Art Agenda]
by Ariel Avissar [Sight & Sound - BFI]
by Courtney Stephens [Filmmaker Magazine]
by Leo Goldsmith [Senses of Cinema]

by James Prestridge [Close Up Culture]

by Dagmara Genda [Berlin Art Link]

​[fellowships / residencies]

MacDowell Fellowship 

Casa Conti, Corsica

Awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker Residency, NY

Awarded the Sonja Savić Prize & Residency at Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade

New Contemporaries Digital Fellowship



MoMA Doc Fortnight 

Frames of Representation, ICA London

24th. Seoul International Women's Film Festival

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival

19th Documenta Madrid, Spain

19th VIS Vienna Shorts, Austria

19th EXIS, Seoul 

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival

Costa Rica International Film Festival, San José

38th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Hamburg Short Film Festival)

Nominated for Experimental Film Award - 30th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) 

True/False Film Festival, Missouri 

39th Kasseler Dokfest


​[other awards / nominations]


Awarded The Best Short Film, Fugas Award at Documenta Madrid  

Awarded The Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente 
​Commissioned by Asian Film Archive

Commissioned by FVU London
Nominated for Shorts Award at ​
67th, 70th, and 71st Melbourne International Film Festival program, MIFF

Awarded the City of Neubrandenburg Award at 27. dokumentART

Awarded two Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize (2017 2019), York
Awarded a fully-funded Ph.D. by practice, Kingston University
Special Jury Mention at Open City Documentary Festival, London
Special Jury Mention at 47. Athens International Film and Video Festival  

Special Jury Mention at the IFF Message to Man     
Awarded GRS Research Completion Fund, Kingston University  
Awarded for the Best Short Film at Szczecin European Film Festival
Awarded for the Best Short Film at the Wales International Documentary Film Festival
Nominated in the International Competition at 22nd Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
Nominated for Best UK Short Award at Open City London Documentary Festival, London

Nominated for Best European Documentary Short at 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF
​Awarded Iran Heritage Foundation Grant
​Awarded KSA Research Grant 

Freelands Foundation Fund Grant



[selected screenings]

MoMA's Doc Fortnight

Locarno Film Festival 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan

Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck London
47th International Film Festival Rotterdam,
IFFR  2016/2018/2022
67th Melbourne International Film Festival program
60th Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival ZINEBI

38. Uppsala International Short Film Festival

35. Busan International Short Film Festival

B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 
47. Athens International Film and Video Festival
30. New Orleans Film Festival
38. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)

23rd SEOUL International Women's Film Festival 

31st Singapore International Film Festival [SGIFF]

Silico Experimental Short Film Competition, IFF Message to Man

23rd Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festi
15. ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival
​17. Doclisboa Documentary Film Festival, Lisbon
17. VIDEONALE.17, Kunstmuseum Bonn  
Zurich Film Festival, Zürich 
London Feminist Film Festival, RIO Cinema
London Short Film Festival, ICA London 2017/2018/2019/2022
Open City Documentary Film Festival London 2018/2019
Underwire Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse, London  
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland
16. VIS Vienna Short Film Festival
22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2017/2018/2019
22nd International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
24th Geneva International Film Festival
14th Camden International Film Festival, Camden, Maine
17th DokuFest International Documentary Festival, Kosovo 
22nd Queer Lisboa - International Queer Film Festival
18th New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland  
Digital Anthropologies, Paris
​Duke University, Rubenstein Art Center, Durham

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam
UnionDocs, Centre for Documentary Art, NY
Light Industry, New York
Yale University

Artist Talks / Lectures

Colgate University, NY

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Anthology Film Archives, NY

Oxford University

Brighton University

Westminster University
Open City Documentary Festival, London
Master LAV, WomenMake, Madrid




2019   Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Brighton
2019   The 10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research
2019   Symposia Iranica's Fourth Biennial Conference 2019, the University of St Andrews
2019   International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences’ (IUAES) Inter-Congress
2018   EASA (The European Association of Social Anthropologists)  Biennial Conference​


Jury duties

EMAF, Germany 

Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland

DokuFest, Kosovo

LSFF, London



LSFF,  ICA London

35th Dresden Film Festival 

Light Industry New York
MUBI & NANG London  
Open City Doc Festival London


[2023] Cannes Directors’ Fortnight [link]
[2023] New York Film Festival [NYFF 61st]
[2023] Toronto Film Festival [TIFF Wavelengths 48th] [link]
[2023] Vancouver Int’l FF [42nd VIFF]
[2023] Locarno Film Festival [link]
[2023] International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam [IDFA]

[2023] Black Canvas FCC, New Horizon Competition
[2023] FICUNAM International Festival
[2023] DMZ International Documentary Film Festival [DMZ Docs]

[2023] 50th Film Fest Ghent

[2023] 26th Media City Film Festival

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