Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, born in Iran, initially
trained as a painter in the United States, later studying cinema in France. She
is noted for innovative cross-platform work, working both in documentary and
fiction, and has garnered the attention of the film industry through her
acclaimed first feature, I Am Nasrine, released in 2012. Movie Scope magazine,
named her one to watch and Gharavi was selected by the Film Council as an
up-and-coming British director as part of the Film Council’s Guiding Lights initiative
where she was mentored by Beeban Kidron.
Fearless in her approach to storytelling, her work has been broadcast internationally
and her installations exhibited at museums around the world. Her focus has
consistently been risk-taking, imaginative in its perspective, attempting
challenging topics in places as diverse as Yemen, Sudan, Iran and Palestine.
Gharavi established Bridge + Tunnel, an award-winning media production
company, in Newcastle, England to support “unheard voices, untold stories”. Her
first 35mm short film, Closer, was an official selection at Sundance where programmer,
Shari Frilot, noted that ‘it takes documentary to the next level.’ Gharavi’s
next major production chronicled her return to her mother’s house in Iran, 23
years after the Islamic Revolution. The resulting film, Mother/Country, was
broadcast at prime time on Channel 4 in the UK where the national press gave it
top billing and the London Evening Standard described it as “genuinely moving.”
Her work often explores “the outsider” while always appealing to a mainstream
I Am Nasrine, is currently on release and is a coming of age story of
two teenage Iranian refugees. Sir Ben Kingsley called it “a life enhancing
film... An important and much needed film” and received the Outstanding Debut
nomination from BAFTA in 2013.
Gharavi is now
working to develop more features in line with her interests in the Middle East,
women and gangsters.
She is represented by Independent Talent.