Zara Zandieh (they/she) is a filmmaker born and based in Berlin. The stories told through Zara’s projects are dedicated to a decolonial queer gaze that weaves complexities and multi-layered (...) representations of post-migrant and marginalized subjects into poetic narratives. Zara's works have been nominated for awards at various film festivals including the BFI FLARE Film Festival, HIFF-Helsinki International Film Festival, EIFF-Edinburgh International Film Festival, Queer Lisboa and DokLeipzig. Zara’s most current project, OCTAVIA’S VISIONS, was recommended for a Research Fellowship of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture & Europe in 2019. OCTAVIA’S VISIONS will premiere at the opening of the Humboldt Forum Berlin in 2021. In 2020 Zara received a Rosa Luxemburg Foundation research grant for FIGHTING THIS DESPAIR WITH JOY, a hybrid documentary project (in development).