Born in Tehran,
SEPIDEH FARSI moves to Paris in 1984 to study Mathematic, but is
driven towards the visual arts very quickly. Selfthaught, she first experiments
photography for several years, before coming to the cinema, starting to
write her first short projects in the late 80s. She makes her first
short "Red Shoes" in 1988, followed by "Tango"
(1993) and "Water
Then comes the identity quest, which she experiments through her first
world is my home" which isn investigation about the cultural
identity for Iranian exilees. Follows a second documentary "Homi
D. Sethna, filmmaker" (2000) shot in India and which depicts
the life of an old Zoroastrien filmmaker in Bombay (a new return to her
roots). The film is shown in many festivals around the world and wins
several awards, in Cinéma du Réel, in Bombay Film
Festival (FIPRESCI prize) and in Traces de Vie Festival
in Clermont-Ferrand. Then follows "Men of Fire"
(2001), a documentary on the firemen of Tehran. "The Journey
of Maryam" (2002) marks out Sepideh's poetical unvierse,
drifting in a no-mans land between fiction and documentary. An in-between
which she seems to claim vigorously, maybe as a logical conclusion of
her cultural identity puzzle. Her first feautre "Dreams of
Dust" is shot in 2003. "The Gaze"
was selected for the Tiger Awards competiton in Rotterdam Film Festival
(2006) and "Harat" her last film,
which participated in Locarno (2007) just got the Best Documentary Prize
in Festival dei Popoli (Italy).