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P. (Parisa) Zandbaf

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Critical Cultural Theory

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  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
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  • Profile

    Parisa Zandbaf was born and raised in the vibrant city of Tehran, Iran. Her parents introduced her to classical music, performance, and Iranian cinema, sparking her passion for arts and filmmaking. Surrounded by artists, she absorbed the magic of visual narratives, setting the stage for her remarkable journey.

    Parisa’s journey in the entertainment industry began with local theater productions. However, her thirst for knowledge led her on a captivating odyssey across multiple European countries. With a BA from the University of Tehran (acceptance rate 10%), she moved to Europe to pursue a tripartite MA in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, fully funded by the EU (acceptance rate 3%). Parisa’s pursuit of excellence led her to the hallowed halls of academia. Her PhD studies in film aesthetics became a canvas for her ideas to flourish as she explored the intersection of art and philosophy. London whispered secrets of possibility, and Parisa heeded its call. Here, she embarked on her second fully funded MA in Filmmaking (acceptance rate 1.9%). The camera became an extension of her soul, capturing fragments of existence that defied convention.

    Her films—ranging from fiction to documentary and experimental—reflect her global journey and academic insights. Parisa’s influence extended beyond the screen. Her expertise is recognized in the film community, having served as a jury member at the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival and the Changing Face International Film Festival (Sydney, Australia), and as a judge on the art history and theory panel for the Global Undergraduate Awards, The Junior Noble Prize (Dublin, Ireland).

    The Dutch-Persian film director believes that storytelling transcends borders and connects people on a profound level. Her journey is a symphony of passion, intellect, and creativity. She is currently working on international collaborative projects hoping to continue pushing boundaries and provoking thoughts through her work.

  • Conference Paper

    “Imagining Resistance via Aesthetics of Relationality.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the NSAE: Resistance, Art and Aesthetics, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, June 8-10, 2022.

  • Office Address

    Spuistraat 134, room 101 (P.C. Hoofthuis)

    1012 VB, Amsterdam

    The Netherlands

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