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Shahrzaad's Tale From Iran's First Woman Filmmaker, Actress, Dancer And Poet To A Wandering Homeless

Press Release by Cinemashena Company

Shahrzaad's Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema; it is the story of an accomplished poet, filmmaker and cultural critic who was tragically silenced by the political storms of the period.

, Kobra Amin-Sa'idi

It is a sincere account, a sensitively illustrated and rendered portrait of a woman artist ,and her journey till this date, who despite the unfortunate turn of events and calamitous circumstances has not given up hope and still thrives on artistic and intellectual endeavours. Through Shahrzaad's story, this documentary will also shed light on parts of Iranian life, culture, and history that are still obscure to the international community, and reveal the tragic impact of momentous historical change on the life of a remarkable artist.

It is of extreme importance to document Shahrzaad's voice, her unique story, and expose it to the global community. With the help and support of the community, we can shine a light on the realities and complexities that we don't get to see in the mainstream media. Most importantly, this film can change Shahrzaad's life. It is necessary to inform the community, of her passions and her predicaments.

From August 17, 2015 to September 16, 2015, Cinemashena is hosting a fundraising campaign for the finishing post-production costs for this independent project. The community has raised more than 25% of the funding on Indiegogo [] to this date. With this funding we can finish the film, submit it to international festivals around the world and expose it to the global community. In addition, a portion of the fundraising will go to Shahrzaad herself as appearance fee.


Shahrzaad's Tale is the fourth feature film by award-winning Iranian/Canadian director|producer, Shahin Parhami, who is known for his creative documentaries on art and artists who are marginalized in the societies in which they live and work.

You can find more info on the film and the campaign here:

Cinemashena Company
3686 rue de Bullion #2, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3A3, Canada
Contact: Shahin Parhami


SHAHRZAD'S TALE قصه شهرزاد (short trailer) from cinemashena on Vimeo

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