Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker whose work focuses on ‘untold stories, unheard voices’ and storytelling from the margins. Tina’s award-winning films have been screened internationally and broadcast worldwide on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Showtime. She has made endearing, inimitably voiced films on subjects as diverse as Muhammad Ali, teenage sexuality, Yemeni-British sailors, The Lackawanna 6, death row exonerees, refugees and lighthouses. She recently completed her first feature, I Am Nasrine, a coming of age story of two teenage Iranian refugees in the North of England that was nominated for a BAFTA. The project patron Sir Ben Kingsley called I Am Nasrine “a life enhancing film, an important and much needed film”. Peter Bradshaw gave the film 4 stars and called it “a valuable debut, shot with a fluent kind of poetry”.
Since leaving Iran in 1979, Gharavi has been a true nomad; carrying no less than four passports, she currently resides in Northern England. Unafraid to take risks and cross genres, Gharavi’s work is set apart by its attention to detail and storytelling perspective. Programmer Shari Frilot said of Gharavi’s Sundance debut Closer that “it takes documentary to the next level”. As Deborah Ross writes of Tina’s work in the Spectator: “it’s not what I would call An Earnestly Grim Wrist Slitter. Instead, it is affectionate, humane, tender and, ultimately, optimistic”. Tina is represented as a director by Independent Talent and her second feature, The Good Iranian, is currently in development with Film4 and the BFI.