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Dword_avatar Marj Safinia


Public Bio

I'm an Iranian independent writer and documentary filmmaker, who grew up in London, studied in Los Angeles, lived in NYC, and finally moved back to LA! :) You can follow my stream of consciousness at

When I quit my "real job" in 1999 (selling property in Central London) I produced and directed my first doc, But You Speak Such Good English, a witty and poignant half hour film exploring different aspects of the first generation Iranian immigrant experience from the insider's perspective. The film starred a then unknown Omid Djalili We received a great response, playing at over 20 venues on the international festival circuit, including the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the Margaret Mead Documentary Festival in New York and the acclaimed "Women in Iranian Film" series at the Barbican Centre in London and the Asia Society in New York.

My first feature, SEEDS was completed in 2004, and premiered as the Opening Night Film at SilverDocs. SEEDS tells the story of ten amazing teenagers from Israel, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and American who come together and spend three intense weeks living side-by-side at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. SEEDS had a phenomenal festival run, as well as broadcast here in the US, New Zealand, UK and the Arab World. The film continues to sell broadly to the educational market.

I'm now working with D-Worder Nick Higgins and his wife, the extremely talented Kristina Robbins-Higgins on our new endeavor, The Department of Expansion

I'm also Board President of the International Documentary Association (IDA) and co-host of the D-Word

When I'm not doing all things doc, I do a lot of community service in my neighborhood, where I'm a BoardMember and Chair of Outreach for the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council