Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, born in Iran, initially trained as a painter in the United States, later studying cinema in France. She is noted for innovative cross-platform work, working both in documentary and fiction, and has garnered the attention of the film industry through her acclaimed first feature, I AM NASRINE, released in 2012. Movie Scope magazine, named her one to watch and Gharavi was selected by the Film Council as an up-and-coming British director as part of the Film Council’s Guiding Lights initiative where she was mentored by Beeban Kidron.
Fearless in her approach to storytelling, her work has been broadcast internationally and her installations exhibited at museums around the world. Her focus has consistently been risk-taking, imaginative in its perspective, attempting challenging topics in places as diverse as Yemen, Sudan, Iran and Palestine.
Gharavi established Bridge + Tunnel, an award-winning media production company, in Newcastle, England to support "unheard voices, untold stories." Her first 35mm short film, CLOSER, was an official selection at Sundance where programmer, Shari Frilot, noted that ‘it takes documentary to the next level.’ Gharavi’s next major production chronicled her return to her mother’s house in Iran, 23 years after the Islamic Revolution. The resulting film, MOTHER/COUNTRY was broadcast at prime time on Channel 4 in the UK where the national press gave it top billing and the London Evening Standard described it as "genuinely moving." Her work often explores "the outsider" while always appealing to a mainstream audience.
I AM NASRINE is currently on release and is a coming of age story of two teenage Iranian refugees. Sir Ben Kingsley called it"a life enhancing film...An important and much needed film" and received the Outstanding Debut nomination from BAFTA in 2013.
Gharavi is now working to develop more features in line with her interests in the Middle East, women and gangsters. (8/14)
Directed by Tina Gharavi, 2000, 24 min., Color
An experimental documentary which has at its heart a poignant character study of a 17 year-old lesbian living in Newcastle, England, CLOSER innovative...