Marj Safinia


Public bio

I'm an Iranian documentary filmmaker, who was born in Tehran, grew up in London, lived in NYC, and finally settled in LA! You can follow me on Twitter @Marj.

I was the longest-serving President of the International Documentary Association  (IDA) and co-host of The D-Word. I also curate the ArcLight Doc Series in Los Angeles (currently on hiatus). 

In 1999 I produced and directed my first doc, But You Speak Such Good English, and was henceforth bitten by the documentary bug. The film received a great response, playing at over 20 venues on the international festival circuit. My first feature, SEEDS went on to premiere as the Opening Night Film at AFI Docs and had a phenomenal festival run, as well as broadcast here in the US, New Zealand, UK and the Arab World. I now work with D-Worder Nick Higgins and his wife, Kristina Robbins at our production company, Department of Expansion. We try to make stuff that makes the world a better place, and gets us paid too! I'm also working on a new project with Grace Lee called And She Could Be Next, about women of color claiming political power by running for office to represent the New American Majority.