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Hamid Rahmanian

March 17 - April 6, 2015

Hamid Rahmanian is an Iranian filmmaker and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Tehran University and a M.F.A. in Computer Animation from Pratt Institute. He has worked as a graphic designer for over two decades and has received numerous awards for his work for cultural organizations and commercial companies, which include the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Tribeca Film Institute, Pacifica Radio/Democracy Now!, Aramex, and Eurasia Foundation. In 1998, Rahmanian established his own production company, Fictionville Studio, and went on to make documentaries. His feature length documentary, The Glass House (2008), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and IDFA, and was the winner of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Human Rights Award. His films have been used in the NGO sector to combat negative stereotypes about Iranians, to promote anti-capital punishment laws in the US, and to raise funds and awareness for the plights of disadvantaged women and girls around the world. His films have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, BBC, and Al Jazeera.

In 2003, Rahmanian co-founded ArteEast, a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging a growing global audience with the contemporary arts of the Middle East and North Africa. His books include a graphic autobiography entitled The Magnificent Book of M (2009) and Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, published by The Quantuck Lane Press and distributed by W. W. Norton & Company (2013). In 2014 Hamid Rahmanian was the recipient of a John Guggenheim Fellowship Award. He is currently working on a new feature-length narrative film titled Snow. 

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