Women, Life, Freedom: Filmmakers and Creatives from the Iranian LGBTQ+ Diaspora

Women, Life, Freedom: Filmmakers and Creatives from the Iranian LGBTQ+ Diaspora

Jin, Jiyan, Azadi: A Kurdish political slogan used in the Kurdish independence movements that translates into English as "Woman, Life, Freedom."

On September 16th, 2022, Mahsa Jina Amini - a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman - was detained by the morality police for allegedly violating Iran's mandatory hijab law by wearing her hijab "improperly" while visiting the capital city of Tehran from her hometown of Saqqez in the Kurdistan Province. Shortly after she was announced dead in a Tehran hospital, under suspicious circumstances. Her death ignited a freedom movement led by Iranian women demanding justice. Almost three months later, Iranian revolutionary guards are still slaughtering and imprisoning the protesters under inhumane circumstances. The women and people of Iran are asking us - the global community - to be their Voice.

Through film and conversation, here is a collection of their stories and their experiences living under an oppressive theocracy called the “Islamic Republic” for the past 43 years. The universal human experience of migration, connection, freedom, war, execution, longing and loss.

Jin, Jiyan, Azadi. Woman, Life, Freedom.

Guest curated by Parisa Barani and Parisa Parnian


Parisa Barani is an award-winning queer Iranian American Canadian film director and activist. Currently she is in development on a few films and a television pilot. She is also a teacher, a programmer and has curated and spoken on panels such as SXSW, LACMA and San Francisco University. And her work focuses on women, sexuality and in spaces that they are misrepresented from war, Middle East, spirituality to LGBTQIA+. She is a graduate of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. She has worked with Abigail Disney, Level Forward studio and Refinery29. Her latest work stars Maggie Siff and Sarita Choudhury. Her work has been shown at many festivals such as Geena Davis’ Bentonville, Mill Valley, Palm Springs, Outfest Fusion, and Cannes Short Film Showcase. She is a recipient of “On Our Radar” Creative Capital, Tribeca Film Institute Sloan, and finalist for Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Parisa Parnian is an Iranian-American multi-disciplinary visual artist and culinary creative. She uses food, design and performative storytelling to build bridges and connect communities.
As a Cultural and Culinary Uplifter, Parisa has been combining her extensive experience in lifestyle design, event curation, food & cultural art installations and private dinner parties to delight the senses and warm the spirit. After a significant career in the NYC and LA fashion industry, Parisa expanded her creative and design reach by launching Savage Muse, a radically inclusive design studio, and Savage Taste, a multi-faceted food, culture + community building hub. Parisa’s signature style is to play with and subvert the colorful layers of ancestral traditions of the MENA/SWANA cultures thru her creative design and interactive culinary projects. Parisa’s focus is on the colorful intersections of ancestral traditions meeting the very modern and often subversive world that she inhabits. She recently launched her own spice blend called PÉRXICAN- which is a celebration of cultural fluidity and the marriage of Persian + Mexican flavors.

Women, Life, Freedom: Filmmakers and Creatives from the Iranian LGBTQ+ Diaspora
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