In light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran is now greater than at any point in history. There are no official numbers, but many Iranians have already left or are seeking a way out. Some pursue escape without even considering its consequences.
‘May god be with you my daughter…’ is the story of my own migration through the lives of other Iranian teenage girls who have taken the same path that I took years ago. Parmida,Parastou, Melika and Soheila, all immigrated in middle of their teenage years. Parmida and Soheila started this journey along with their parents and families, Parastou and Melika moved away on their own. Facing the battle of fitting into the new culture of their adopted home, this story captures the transformation and liberation of these girls at the age of 17. With the adult personality shaping up, an insecurity and self-consciousness now replaces the carefree world that the girls had lived in so far.
This passage from girlhood into adulthood, with all the complications it entails, takes place within a new culture and environment. The girls on the edge between two worlds try to come to terms with this transitional time in their lives and adjust to the people they are becoming. (Iran, Australia, Canada and United States)
The day that Cherry Blossoms perished, is a personal project, very close to my heart, that follows Farid family as they cope with the sudden loss of Mr. Farid. Farhang and Ghazaleh lost their father on their 30th birthday. For the next 9 months and years to come, they opened the door of their house and their hearts, allowing me to capture some of the most intimate moments that one family may have, as they each find their own way to deal with their loss. The title refers to Mr. Farid’s favorite tree in the backyard of their house in Mississauga that every spring covers in white cherry blossoms for a week. Ever since the funeral, a picture of Mr. Farid against the backdrop of his favorite tree, continues to be hung in the kitchen.