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Fateme Ahmadi - Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

About this Event

Join us as we screen a selection of films by Fateme Ahmadi, an award-winning writer-director from Iran, who is currently based in London.

We will be screening three of Fateme’s incredible films, live on youtube, followed by a discussion between Fateme and Rhianna Dhillon, the film critic on BBC6 Music’s Breakfast Show with Lauren Laverne. We are particularly delighted to be hosting Fateme for the second event in this year’s ‘Emerging Filmmaker Showcase’ series, as she used to live in Brent, the home of Other Cinemas. This film screening will be the sixth in our programme of events as part of Brent’s Borough of Culture 2020 programme.

Fateme Ahmadi’s films will play live, back to back on this link: https://youtu.be/jtsHa0Shwzw

The total duration of the films will be 48 minutes.

The Q&A will then be taking place soon after on our facebook page here at 7pm

We will be screening these three short films by Fateme Ahmadi :

Chandra (2015) 15 mins

Chandra walks through earthquake-hit Kathmandu with his grandfather, to visit his mother and newborn sibling in hospital. What awaits them at the end?

Bitter Sea (2018) 15 mins

To keep her job and home in London, an immigrant single mother has to hide her five-year-old daughter from her boss and landlord.

Leila’s Blues (2018) 18 mins

Leila, the mother of Youssef who was born with special needs, is shocked to find out she is pregnant again. She decides to have an abortion without telling her husband.


Fateme Ahmadi is an award winning writer-director based in London. She graduated from the London Film School in 2013 with her animated documentary One Thousand and One Teardrops. She is the writer and the co-director of Chandra, supervised by Naomi Kawase and produced by Youku (Chinese YouTube) and the Asian Film Academy (AFA). It premiered at the International Busan Film Festival. Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her short film Bitter Sea is a fiction commissioned by Film London in 2017. Bitter Sea was a BIFA nominee for the Best British Short by The British Independent Film Awards.

Her latest short film Leila’s Blues is a short fiction set in Tunisia as a part of Tunisia Factory and premiered in Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Fateme was one of 2019 Lodestars of the British Short Film Industry. She is also an alumna of Edinburgh Talent Lab 2019. Fateme was the associate producer of Coup 53, a BIFA nominated feature documentary in 2019.

Fateme is currently developing her first feature. She is represented by Kelly Knatchbull at Sayle Screen.

Rhianna Dhillon has worked as a film and TV critic for 9 years, beginning her career at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra as their in-house film critic for 5 years. Now freelance, Rhianna contributes to numerous outlets for the BBC and ITN, including regular appearances on Radio 4 and currently has a weekly review slot on BBC6Music’s Breakfast Show with Lauren Laverne.

Other Cinema is a project set up to share the films and stories of non-white people in spaces and ways which aren’t alienating to these communities. We focus on films and documentaries by established non-white filmmakers and invite them to share their journeys, struggles and successes in the field. Other Cinemas also champions new and emerging non-white filmmakers in the hopes of building spaces and connections which are sustaining to these filmmakers who often struggle in a sector which is hostile to them. Other Cinemas was established by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, two local filmmakers who wanted to make the world of film more accessible to non-white communities.