Iranian-Canadian documentarian, writer, and cinematographer Shahin Parhami’s visual style and creative experimentation came together to create heartfelt documentaries. His interest and experiments in poetry, painting, and music were beautifully displayed in his films. He presented each of his subjects using eloquent visual forms. It was with this vision and qualities that Parhami established a reputation as someone who approached documentary filmmaking both bluntly and effectively. Parhami’s documentaries cast light on forgotten themes and artists, lost lands, and neglected rituals. He saw beauty in each of them and invited his viewers to interact deeply with his work.
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2003 • Canada
Acclaimed Iranian-Canadian musician Kiya Tabassian leaves behind the slush, congestion and impersonal towering buildings of his home in Montreal to encounter the deep sources and inspirations of diasporic Persian music. His search takes us on a ric...
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2008 • Canada
Shahram Golchin is a professional film actor from pre-revolution Iran who was trapped between worlds in the prime of his career. Debilitated by a range of illnesses and a strong sense of exile, he is our window to the other characters of this fil...
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2011 • Iran
Amin is the story of an ancient musical tradition and one man’s struggle to preserve it. It is told using a unique approach to documentary storytelling that challenges the boundaries of fiction and reality. Amin Aghaie is a young modern nomad from the...
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2015 • Iran/Canada/Korea
Shahrzaad’s Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Shahrzaad is the pseudonym of early 60s popular Iranian actor, also a published writer/poet and Iran's first woman filmmaker. She sa...
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2002 • Canada
Amnesia revolves around the improvised monologues of veteran Iranian Actor Shahram Golchin. It is a cinematic composition that weaves director Shahin Parhami’s signature poetic style of writing with image and sound with Golchin’s improvised perform...
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 1998 • Canada
Lahoot is an Islamic mythological term for the world beyond the corporeal existence. In a stylized, formalist illustration of dreams, memories and realities.
Directed by Shahin Parhami • 1997 • Canada
A poetic meditation on the death of three Iranian refugees who committed suicide in Ottawa in the late 1990’s.
Evoking the power of memory and history, this film is about dispossession, exile and alienation caused by war and displacement.