Iranian writer and film maker

Researcher, Writer & Filmmaker

Narges’ research and filmmaking has focused on the soldiers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Basij paramilitary organization. With over nine years of on-the-ground research in Iran with soldiers, veterans, and military personnel, Narges’ interest lies in questions of war, power, and revolution in Iran particularly, and in the Middle East more widely.

As a PhD candidate in socio-cultural Anthropology at New York University and a documentary filmmaker in NYU’s Culture and Media Program, Narges’ research focuses on pro-regime cultural producers in Iran. Her dissertation is entitled: “Paramilitary Media: Revolution, War, and the Making of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Narges is an accomplished academic with an M.A. and MPhil in Anthropology from New York University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Social Sciences, focusing on Anthropology, and a B.A. from Wellesley College in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. As the recipient of the Susan Knafel Fellowship, Narges spent three semesters researching at the University of Tehran’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, and developing projects focused on the victims of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War.

She is the director of The Skin That Burns, a documentary film about survivors of chemical warfare in Iran, distributed by Film Media Group. The film has screened in The Hague, Hiroshima, Jaipur, Tehran, and in the U.S. at festivals and university campuses.

Narges is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), and has also worked extensively with NGOs in Iran and Latin America (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).

Narges has curated and organized art exhibitions and exchanges in the United States and Iran.

She is a contributing writer to The Guardian, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), The Huffington Post, and IranWire. She has also appeared as a guest commentator on Iranian politics on DemocracyNow!, BBC WorldService, BBC Persian, and HuffPost Live.

BASED IN: New York, US

LANGUAGES: English and Farsi.


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