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'm proud to serve as the President of the International Documentary Association (IDA) and co-host of The D-Word. I also curate the ArcLight Doc Series in Los Angeles.

When I quit my "real job" in 1999 I produced and directed my first doc, But You Speak Such Good English, and was henceforth bitten by the documentary bug. I got it bad. The film received a great response, playing at over 20 venues on the international festival circuit and it pushed me on to learn more. My first feature, SEEDS went on to premiere as the Opening Night Film at AFI Docs (SilverDocs) 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!

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