MA '10 - Film and Middle Eastern Studies
Anna is a New York-based independent film producer and director. She received her MA from Gallatin, with a focus on film and Middle Eastern studies. She holds a BFA in film production from Concordia University in Montreal, where she won the Mel Hoppenheim Award for Overall Outstanding Achievement for her short film, Joshua's Garden. The film screened in the Montreal World Film festival. Her first feature-length documentary, Khaneh Ma: These Places We Call Home (2006), examined issues of cultural identity and dual nationality from the vantage point of three generations of Iranians living in Iran, Canada, and Germany, and screened in festivals and universities in Canada, Europe, and the US.
Wanting to combine academic theory and creative practice, Anna came to Gallatin with the goal of developing the dramatic feature film Madar (Mother). The film, which she wrote as her thesis, examines the life of a woman during a period of critical social and political transition in pre-revolutionary Iran. Upon commencing graduate studies at Gallatin, Anna was selected as Graduate Assistant for the Gallatin Arts Program, where she established the Gallatin Graduate Filmmakers Collective and co-produced the annual Gallatin Arts Festival. She also collaborated with fellow Gallatin graduate students Idil Ibrahim and John Ryan on the feature-length documentary, DISPLACED, which was one of the twenty-four projects selected for Tribeca All Access for the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.