Zara Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and camerawoman in Berlin. She studied cinematography at the film school “filmArche” in Berlin and is currently doing her Meisterstudium at the University of Fine Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin) in Kunst und Medien. She gives workshops, works as a cinematographer, and makes different film and video formats for various organisations and customers. In her own films and artistic work she follows a minimalistic and poetic narrative approach and language, which invites the audience to take-up unfamiliar perspectives.
Her work ‘under-construction’, part of the project ‘Labour in a single shot’ by Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann was selected and exhibited in different countries. Her film ‘Khoshbakhti’ (Happiness) was officially selected for the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film of DokLeipzig (58th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2015) & and for the official competition for the New Berlin Film Award of the Festival ACHTUNG BERLIN (2016). Other works such as ‘Fragments of Ava’ (2012) and ‘Such a strange time it is, my dear..’ (2007) were shown on various film festivals world wide. Zara Zandieh co-organised a Film Festival in Kabul on ‘Gender and Society in Cinema’ in 2008. She completed her MA in Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexualities at the University of East London in 2006.