Parisa Barani

Dir / Producer
Human Terrain Productions

Parisa Barani is an American/Canadian/Iranian director and producer who is the recipient of the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund grant. Starting her career in distribution, she was director of International Sales and traveled all over the world to film festivals. Her award winning film, Ablution, which she also produced and co-wrote, explores the inner life of a conservative Muslim woman and her struggle to reconcile her sexuality and spirituality in 1980s Tehran. Ablution screened at festivals worldwide including the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) in San Francisco. She is fluent in both English and Farsi.

Human Terrain: Tribeca Winner 2016
An American anthropologist working in Iraq for The Human Terrain System, a military initiative created to bridge the cultural divide, is accused of treason for befriending an Iraqi woman and helping her survive.