The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest
About the FIlmmaker
Mohammad Gorjestani was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the United States during the Iran-Iraq War. As a filmmaker, he mines the resilient narratives of marginalized characters and communities across both narrative and documentary projects. In 2014, his near-future drama, “Refuge” screened at the Tribeca and SXSW Film Festivals and earned him a place on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2014. He has earned 9 Vimeo Staff Picks has been featured by outlets including CNN, The Guardian, and The Atlantic. In 2018, his film “Sister Hearts” earned the Tribeca X Award, a Silver Clio Award for Directing, and was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honor. In 2019, his film “Exit 12”, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Shorts at SXSW. He is a 2x KRF Filmmaking grant recipient from SFFilm (formerly The San Francisco Film Society) and is currently developing his first feature project. He is based in San Francisco where he is also a co-founder of Even/Odd, a cultural creative studio and production company.
Dive Even Deeper
Create a set of movements to confront a past trauma or conflict
Instead of using words, try to create a set of motions or movements that explore a past trauma or conflict that you’ve experienced. Try to break this past event into parts and consider a way to reflect these parts with a movement—as simple or as complicated as you like. For example, feel free to create movements that can be done while seated. Also, consider repetitive movements for emphasis or to further story-telling.
Perform these movements for a loved one or record them using your phone, and reflect. How does it feel to use a new active vocabulary to communicate an event or story?