cinematography & filmmaking
Zara Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and camerawoman, teaches filmmaking and gives workshops in Berlin. She is currently finishing her Master Class within Art & Media (Kunst und Medien) at the University of Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin) under the supervision of Prof. Nina Fischer.
In her own films and artistic work she follows a minimalistic and poetic narrative approach and language, which invites the audience to take-up unfamiliar perspectives.
Her work 'under-construction', part of the project 'Labour in a single shot' by Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann was selected and exhibited in different countries. Her film 'Khoshbakhti' (Happiness) was officially selected for the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film of DokLeipzig (58th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2015) & and for the official competition for the New Berlin Film Award of the Festival ACHTUNG BERLIN (2016). Other works such as 'Fragments of Ava' (2012) and 'Such a strange time it is, my dear..' (2007) were shown on various film festivals world wide. She studied for four years cinematography at the Berlin based filmschool "filmArche" and accomplished it with a Master Class in 2014. Together with the filmmakers Sandra Schäfer and Elfe Brandenburger, Zara Zandieh co-organised a Film Festival in Kabul on 'Gender and Society in Cinema' in 2008. She completed her MA in Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexualities at the University of East London in 2006.