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"FRAGMENTS OF AVA"

Regie / Director: Zara Zandieh
BRD / Germany 2012
12:24'
Deutsch/meUT
German/with English subtitles

Ava wacht auf und eilt aus dem Haus. Auf ihrer Arbeitstelle begegnet sie einem unerwarteten Klienten. Ein Film über eine Frau, eine Sexarbeiterin und einem (fast) ganz gewöhnlichen Arbeitstag.

Ava wakes up and rushes to her job, where she encounters an unexpected customer.
A film about a woman, a sex worker and an (almost) ordinary working day.
   

Zara Zandieh

1980 born in Berlin, Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Education

Zara Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker in Berlin. Between 2010 - 2013 she studied cinematography at the filmArche, a non-profit filmmaker's organization and self-organized film school. Currently she is doing a Masterclass in cinematography in the filmArche. In her films she follows a minimalistic and poetic narrative approach and language, which invites the audience to take-up unfamiliar perspectives.
Zara Zandieh was involved in the artistic programming of the film festival SECOND TAKE - Gender and Society in Cinema in Kabul 2008.
She lived in London for two years and completed her MA in Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexualities at the University of East London in 2006.

Die unabhängige Filmemacherin lebt in Berlin. Zwischen 2010-2013 studierte sie Kamera an der filmArche, einer selbstorganisierten Filmschule. Derzeit absolviert sie eine Masterclass in Kamera an der filmArche. Durch ihre Filme zieht sich eine poetische schlichte Erzählweise, die die Zuschauenden einlädt, unvertraute Perspektiven einzunehmen.
Zara Zandieh war an der Organisation und künstlerischen Programmgestaltung des Filmfestivals SECOND TAKE - Gender and Society in Cinema in Kabul 2008 beteiligt. Sie schloss ihren MA 2006 in Gender, Ethnic Studies und Sexualities an der University of East London ab.

Group Exhibitions

Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit/ Labour in a single shot showed my contribution UNDER CONSTRUCTION (video-installation, 2:08’ ) in the Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan (Bangalore), Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź) in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Warsaw, der Lumiar Cité (Lissabon), Tel Aviv Museum of Art

For "under construction" my posisions were: conception, camera, editing

Projects

FILMPROJECTS:

MEETING AVA (work in progress)
Feature film about women working in the sex industry.

KHOSHBAKHTI [Happiness] (2014)/ (working title - work in progress)
Positions: concept, cinematography, editing

WIR BLEIBEN
(Germany 2012, 2:48')
Video-collage & work in process on the current rising resistance and engagement of the initiative Kotti & Co, the history of districts and (living-) spaces connected to gentrification and displacement of the inhabitants of Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Positions: conception, cinematography, editing

UNDER CONSTRUCTION (part of the project: EINE EINSTELLUNG ZUR ARBEIT/ LABOUR IN A SINGLE SHOT)
(Germany 2012, 2:08')
Video piece in the framework of an exhibition project called "Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit" hold and supervised by Antje Ehmann & Harun Farocki.
Positions: conception, cinematography, editing
http://www.labour-in-a-single-shot.net/en/films/

FRAGMENTS OF AVA
(Germany 2012, 12:24')
Shortfilm about a woman, a sex worker and an (almost) ordinary working day.
Positions: script, directing, cinematography

PREPARATION
(Germany 2011, 3:26')
Shortfilm about a woman preparing for her job.
Positions: idea/conception, cinematography
PREPARATION online: http://vimeo.com/25317702

MEINE GESCHWISTER UND ICH. (My Siblings and Me.)
(Germany 2008, 40’, German)
A documentary film by Kim Annakathrin Ronacher and Zara Zandieh on siblings of young people with disabilities.
Positions: co-directing, cinematography, editing

"SUCH A STRANGE TIME IT IS, MY DEAR…".
(Germany 2007, 79’, Farsi with English subtitles)
An oral history project and documentary film on the memories and political activism of six Iranian feminists, who now live in Exile in Berlin.
Positions: script, directing, cinematography, editing

CLOSE-DISTANCE
(Berlin/ London 2006, 36’, Farsi with English subtitles)
Documentary film raising questions about belonging and home.
Positions: script, directing, cinematography, editing


IMAGE FILMS

VISIONEN
(Germany 2014, 05:25')
Image film for the Lesbenberatung Berlin e.V./ Lesbian Counceling Center Berlin
Production: Lesbenberatung Berlin e.V.
Positions: concept, camera & editing


CINEMATOGRAPHY:

SHOWREEL 2014
This camera showreel shows a selection of my camera work between 2012-2014: http://vimeo.com/98849885


WIR MARIONETTEN
(Germany 2013, 04:30')
Cinematography for the video-pitch of the movie "Wir Marionetten" by the director Arianne Hinz.
Production: Arianne Hinz

KERZENKALENDER (16mm - ARRI SR3)
(Germany 2013/2014, work in progress)
DoP for the shortfilm "Kerzenkalender" written and directed by Katti Djsuk Schröter.
Production: filmArche, Katti Djsuk Schröter & Zara Zandieh

GEZI-UPRISING – CANIM LGBT (working title)
(Turkey 2013/2014, work in progress)
Cinematography for the documentary on the LGBT-BLOK within the Gezi uprising in June/July 2013.
Production: Kanka-Productions

FOR OURSELVES - THE CUTIEPOC SHOW (working title)
(Germany 2012/2013/2014, work in progress)
Cinematography for the web-series of the Berlin based cutiepoc film collective.

RABBIT HOLING
(Germany 2012, 26')
DoP for the short film and filmArche production directed and produced by James Rosalind.

FINDING A PLACE TO SLEEP BETWEEN BORDERS OF TIME
(Germany 2012, 7')
Cinematography for one of the chapters of the work in progress film project "Stories for a Future Generation" by Juli Saragosa.

EPK for ADOQUÉ
Spring 2011
Camera for EPK of Edward Maclean's Band "Adoqué"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xXchX9Y8uE&feature=player_embedded#!

HOMEMADE
(Germany 2010, 5:47')
Cinematography & editing of Video performance by Aicha Diallo, one of the artistic and curatorial members of the artists’ collective “Never Quiet Collective”.
HOMEMADE online: http://vimeo.com/14736151


PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photo-documentation for the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
PRÊT-À-PARTAGER
Spring 2012
workshop: BERLIN TEXTURES
symposium: WHERE WE MEET
http://www.ifa.de/?id=9170
http://berlintextures.tumblr.com/workshop
https://www.facebook.com/pretapartager?filter=1


FILM FESTIVAL:

SECOND TAKE Film Festival on Gender and Society in Cinema in Kabul (2008) (http://mazefilm.de/english/kabul/index.htm)
Positions: Artistic programming of the film festival, PR, moderation, interpretor (Dari-English), training of the voice over performers, co-developing and co-realizing of the festival trailer.
FESTIVAL TRAILER online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWBNGoNt8mI


TEACHING:

INVITED GUEST LECTURE AT HAMILTON COLLEGE (2013 in Clinton, NY/USA)
Film screening of "Such a strange time it is, my dear.." & seminar lecture in German Woman's Studies with participants from Africana Studies and Anthropology, organized and lead by professor Peggy Piesche.

VIDEO-LETTERS (2007-2009 in Berlin/Germany)
Community artist and filmmaker in the project Video Letters for media educational work with youth for the Bildungsteam Berlin/ Brandenburg e. V. (Educational Board Berlin/ Brandenburg).
Positions: Teaching filmmaking (directing, cinematography, editing) to young girls with migration history. // Making short fiction and documentary films with girls on their history (biographical work), social status, migration, anti-Semitism, racism and gender.


DRAWING SEQUENCE:

"taking a step off"
in LTTR issue no. 3/ Practice more Failure
http://www.lttr.org/journal/3

Links

VARIOUS WORKS on Vimeo:
www.vimeo.com/zarazandieh

FINDING A PLACE TO SLEEP BETWEEN BORDERS OF TIME
http://www.jsaragosa.de/SFFG.html

LABOUR IN A SINGLE SHOT/ EINE EINSTELLUNG ZUR ARBEIT
http://www.labour-in-a-single-shot.net/en/films/

EDWARD MACLEAN'S ADOQUÉ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xXchX9Y8uE&feature=player_embedded

MEINE GESCHWISTER UND ICH.
http://www.zukunftssicherung-ev.de/meinegeschwisterundich.html

SECOND TAKE FILM FESTIVAL
http://mazefilm.de/english/kabul/index.htm
http://mazefilm.de/seiten/kabul/index.htm

filmArche
http://filmarche.de/
Europe´s first self-organized film school and non-profit organization for film-makers.

   

Zara Zandieh

contact:

zarazandieh@gmail.com

   





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