Parisa Barani is an award-winning Iranian American Canadian film director.


Barani is currently attached to direct the upcoming feature HARAM and is in development for another feature based on Jennifer Blackmer’s play HUMAN TERRAIN. Her proof-of-concept short for HUMAN TERRAIN, which was produced in association with Abigail Disney and Adrienne Becker’s Level Forward studio, stars Maggie Siff and Sarita Choudhury and will be distributed by Refinery29/Shatterbox. It debuted at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and was recently in competition at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival.


Previously, her directorial debut ABLUTION screened at festivals worldwide, including: Mill Valley Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. 


Barani is also a participant of the 2019/2021 Universal Directors Initiative and a recipient of the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Grant and a grant from the Neda Nobari Foundation. She has been shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Sony Pictures’ Television Diversity Program, and the NBC Female Forward/Emerging Director program.


In addition to filmmaking, Barani has curated and spoken on panels at SXSW and San Francisco State University and teaches at the Youth Cinema Project’s Latino Film Institute. She is a graduate of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and SITI’s Theatre Intensive Training at Skidmore College, where she was mentored by the legendary Anne Bogart.

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