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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Maryam Tafakory

Maryam TAFAKORY (1987, Iran) is an artist and filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival and found material. She is based between London and Shiraz. Themes such as poetry, politics, religion and existential explorations provide inspiration for her work. Tafakory’s films and installations have been screened and exhibited at dozens of European film festivals. She was nominated for a Tiger Award and Found Footage Award at the 47th IFFR, Best Short Award at 67th MIFF and she has received several other awards, including Best Short Film at Documenta Madrid, Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente, and twice the Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize UK. In 2019, she was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence. Her short Nazarbazi, a world premiere at IFFR 2022 in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, explores imaginative proxies through which acts of intimacy can be suggested without being directly portrayed, referencing censorship rules within Iranian cinema.


(selection) I Was Five When I Became a Woman (2014, short), Taklif (2014, short), Fragments of a Letter to a Child Unborn (2015, short), Poem and Stone (2015, short), Absent Wound (2017, short), I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin (2018, short), Irani bag (2018, short), Monographs (2018, segment “Irani Bag”), Nazarbazi (2022, short)

Maryam Tafakory at IFFR

  • Poem and Stone

    The various colours, smells and flavours of Teheran are almost tangible. Can memories and the desire to be somewhere be captured in images?

    • Bright Future
    • Bright Future Short
  • I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin

    Fragments of Forough Farrokhzad’s poem Sin are read out, juxtaposed with clergy advising women on how to control their lust in Maryam Tafakory’s

    • Bright Future Short
  • Absent Wound

    Transforming public spaces women are prohibited from entering into a stage, Maryam Tafakory’s poetic film depicts the rituals involved in women

    • Ammodo Tiger Short Competition