Hamid Rahmanian

Hamid Rahmanian

As a New York-based Iranian multidisciplinary artist, Hamid Rahmanian brings together his passion for filmmaking and transregional store of knowledge to create documentaries that aim to bridge the gap between East and West. For over two decades, Rahmanian’s documentaries have courageously sought to combat the negative stereotypes surrounding Iran and Iranians, raise awareness of the discrimination against women and girls around the world, instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of teenage girls, and criticize capital punishment in the U.S. Accordingly, instead of estranging East and West, he extends the scope of his films by bringing intellectual discourses on the cultural differences between regions into a comparative dialogue. Sometimes harrowing and heart-rending, and in most cases heartwarming, these documentaries are visual testimonies to the hidden ties that connect viewers across vast cultural divides. His virtually invisible camera provides a fascinating and often surprising look at an Iran absent from the headlines and far from the watchful eye of TV cameras. In an effort to climb and dismantle the wall of misunderstanding erected between cultures, Rahmanian’s sensitivity, sharp mind, and visual aesthetics showcase a kind of hospitality and friendship that all but ensures this feat, demanding the audience’s respect. His films have been shown on television networks around the world, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, and Al Jazeera. We are very honored and excited to stream four of his documentaries at Docunight.

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Hamid Rahmanian
  • Breaking Bread

    نون و نمک
    Directed by Hamid Rahmanian • 1999 • Iran
    Breaking Bread is a slice-of-life documentary about a Korean-American family who invited an Iranian friend to make a final meal for their dying father. This poetic journey explores the interaction of different cultures through the celebration of...

  • Sir Alfred

    سر آلفرد
    Directed by Hamid Rahmanian • 2001 • Iran
    Mehran Karemi Nasseri, who now goes by the name "Sir Alfred", has been living in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. For the past twelve years he has been waiting for the document that would allow him to leave. Unlike the story that h...

  • Shahrbanoo

    Directed by Hamid Rahmanian • 2002 • Iran
    Shahrbanoo is an unlikely story. The encounter of an American woman with a super-conservative Iranian family living in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran was surely not an accident waiting to happen. The centerpiece of the story is Melissa...

  • The Glass House

    خانه شیشه‌ای
    Directed by Hamid Rahmanian • 2008 • Iran
    The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehab...