I Am Nasrine’s Micsha Sadeghi as the title character
I Am Nasrine’s Micsha Sadeghi as the title character

BAFTA nomination for Guiding Lights mentee Tina Gharavi

11 February 2013

Tina Gharavi nominated for BAFTA for ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’

I Am Nasrine, directed by Tina Gharavi, UK / Iran 2011, 88mins
I Am Nasrine, directed by Tina Gharavi, UK / Iran 2011, 88mins

Huge congratulations to Tina Gharavi who has been nominated for a BAFTA! A former mentee on our Guiding Lights mentoring programme, Tina has received much deserved recognition for her feature I Am Nasrine in the Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer category.

I Am Nasrine is a coming-of-age story set against the modern refugee experience. Based in modern day Tehran and the UK, the film follows Nasrine (Micsha Sadeghi) in an intimate journey of self-discovery, ultimately revealing the unfolding of a soul.

A true labour of love, Gharavi has been working on the project for the last 8 years, including 3 years spent actually making the film. The film is an independent production, and was made entirely with non-film money, with the team only recently raising the final equity investment to complete the film.

A few sections of the film were shot in Iran during the Green Revolution in 2009. Due to the sensitive nature of the story, permission to shoot was impossible to get, so Gharavi and her small team risked their lives to make the film under the wire, working with a cover team of ‘enablers’ who wanted the story told and broadcast to the world. The raw footage was later smuggled out of Iran by Gharavi for editing alongside the UK material.

An award-winning filmmaker, artist and academic, whose work spans both documentary and fiction, Gharavi likes to focus on ‘untold stories, unheard voices’ and filmmaking from the margins. Her body of work features unique perspectives on subjects as diverse as Muhammad Ali, Yemeni-British sailors, The Lackawanna 6, death row exonerees and lighthouses.

As a participant on Guiding Lights 10/11 Gharavi was mentored by Beeban Kidron. In support of her application to the scheme, she submitted a rough cut of the film, which despite being a very early version, clearly demonstrated her filmmaking talent. She describes her experience:

‘This programme was an enormous help to me in delivering my first feature film. The support, friendship, and inspiration has been the best thing that the industry has done for me so far. I am a better filmmaker and more able to succeed because of it.’

For more information about I Am Nasrine please visit: http://iamnasrine.com/.

Screen Daily article about the story behind the making of I am Nasrine: is.gd/tinascreendaily

For the full list of nominations please see: http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/nominees-winners



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