وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
an
American blog of Iranian dissent

Auteur D-2


I recently came across a photo on my Facebook feed of a half-Persian kid who used to go to my Sunday School in our suburban town outside Chicago. His mom was a teacher there along with my mother. We weren't particularly close, but still it was amazing to see someone from that meagre beginnings doing what he was doing in that pic - directing videos for successful musicians.

That's what I wanted to do back then, too. But there was a part of me - and us - that says that reaching such heights isn't possible. Not for us working-class kids with funny-sounding foreign names.

Despite the capital of the Iranian diaspora being located in Tinseltown, there's yet to be any filmmakers of note to come out of Tehrangeles.

Now I plan on changing that. But before I make it happen, allow me to mention some of Persian directors rockin' it in the music video biz. Like Nima Nourizadeh, who directed the videos for everyone from the Arctic Monkeys to Flight of the Conchords. Or Saam Farahmand, who directs stuff for hipster bands like the Klaxons.

Nima's employed at Michel Gondry's production company Partizan, which is also the new home of another Persian director, Nabil Elderkin-Lalehzari. His father's Aussie but mom is Irooni (pictured), and they raised him in a Bahai family outside Chicago.  Nabil recently directed this video for a fellow Chicagoan, Kanye West.

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