Film scholar/critic Bahman Maghsoudlou, recipient of Iran’s prestigious Forough Farrokhzad literary award (1974), is the author of Iranian Cinema (NYU, 1987) and Grass: Untold Stories, about the making of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (Mazda, 2008).
He has been a panelist, juror and lecturer at a wide variety of film festivals, as well as serving as president of the juries.
His films as director and/or producer, both features and documentaries, have been selected for over 100 festivals, garnering many awards.
Maghsoudlou has directed six documentaries, notably Abbas Kiarostami: A Report. His last documentary Razor’s Edge: the Legacy of Iranian Actresses premiered at 40th Montreal World Film Festival 2016.
His productions include: Amir Naderi’s Manhattan by Numbers, Seven Servants with the legendary Anthony Quinn, Bahman Ghobadi’s Life in Fog, the most awarded short documentary in Iranian Cinema history, and Silence of the Sea, winner of six prizes, and selected for over 20 festivals, including Sundance 2004.
Having organized the first ever Iranian Film Festival in New York in 1980, he originated the International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran held in October 2007 at Manhattan’s Asia Society.
A graduate in cinema studies from the City University of New York and recipient of a PhD from Columbia, Maghsoudlou lives in New York.