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Exit 12

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?


  1. Anonymous

    Wow, very good! A bit emotional to watch for me

  2. Anonymous

    Very powerful well worth watching.

  3. Anonymous

    Troubling to know the trauma the occurs in our soldiers. What an incredible outlet for these returning military.

  4. Saoudy

    The music is amazing.This movie can be summarized as life wants to live. Going to war is no like going on .a picnic.I am happy they use.d dancing to clear their minds

  5. Anonymous

    It is a series of stupid, senseless wars waged by unethical politicians together with our sheep-like support that has put us in this position. We must stop doing this to our people.

  6. Anonymous

    great film


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