Film/TV

Selected filmography

A selection of Maziar Bahari’s clips for the BBC have been posted on the BBC Panorama website.

2009: Isfahan Diary: The Terrorist Victim
A terrorist group tried to assassinate Zeinolabedin Hassanzadeh after the Iranian revolution. Now, he sees a double standard in the West’s approach to its war on terror. For Newsweek.

2009: Qum Diary: The Cleric
Seyyed Ebrahim Lajvardi manages the day-to-day operations of some of Irans holiest (Web) sites. For Newsweek.

2008: Online Ayatollah
Ayatollah Sanei shares his office and his family meal with film maker Maziar Bahari, revealing a traditional holy man offering very modern advice. Produced for Al Jazeera (English).

2005: Targets
The situations of journalists working in Iraq. Produced for CBC.

2005: A series of films about architecture for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture.

2004: Sistani, Object of Emulation
Short about Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the leader of Shias in Iraq.

2004: Losing Faith
A study of human rights situation in Iraq before and after the fall of Saddam Hussein

2004: Children of Abu Ghraib
Children incarcerated by coalition forces in Iraq.

2003: Mohammad and the Matchmaker
An Iranian HIV+ man’s quest to find a wife as part of World Wedding Series.

2003: A Tale of Two Cities
Short about Najaf and Qom clerical centres in Iraq and Iran for Channel4 News.

2003: Dying to be Apart
(Co-produced.) A short about Iranian conjoined twins Laleh and Ladan Bijani for Channel4.

2002: And Along Came a Spider
A film about a religious serial killer in Iran. The film was premiered at IDFA. The film has been shown on televisions in more than 50 countries (HBO, France3, NPS, ZDF, etc.) and has been screened and awarded in more than 100 festivals around the world.

2001: Football, Iranian Style
The role of football in Iranian society. Premiered at IDFA and was shown in cinemas and by broadcasters around the world (SBS, ZDF, DR2, etc.) and was awarded at several festivals (Margaret Mead, Seville, Bergen, etc.).

2000: A Refugee Experience
The situation of Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Iran. Produced and directed for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

2000: Of Shame and Coffins
Aids in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa. It was premiered at IDFA, screened at different festivals (Geneva, Marseilles, New York, etc.) and was shown by broadcasters around the world (ABC, Canal+, Channel4, etc.)

1999: Paint! No Matter What
The story of Khosrow Hassanzadeh, an artist who works at a fruit market in Tehran. Premiered at IDFA and screened at several other festivals (Paris, Montreal, Thessalonica, ArtEast, New York, etc.) Shown on Arte, Kunst Kanal, ABC, Sundance, etc.

1999: Produces nine short films with eight different directors for UNICEF about children rights. Directs two of the films Wishes & Wish Nots about the dreams of a disabled child and A Letter to God about Afghan refugee children. The films were chosen as the most outstanding initiative of UNICEF Iran by the United Nations in New York.

1999: Two short documentaries about population control and memory of war in Iran.

1998: Art of Demolition
A group of Iranian artists who turned a house due for destruction into a temporary gallery for modern art. The film was premiered at International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) and screened at several other festivals (Montreal, Thessalonica, etc.). Shown on Arte, Kunst Kanal, Bravo, etc.

The film was made after the advent of digital technology which allowed him to work as cameraman and sound engineer for my films as well as producing and directing them.

1996: The Voyage of the St. Louis
(Researched, co-wrote and directed.) The odyssey of more than 900 German Jewish refugees in 1939. The film has been shown internationally (Discovery, Channel4, VPRO, Canal+, etc.) and won the Cable Ace award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the best documentary feature.