Hamid Naficy, the Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the School of Communication, is a scholar of Iranian cinema and exile and diaspora in media. Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University, Radio, Television Film Department, Faculty Member. Studies Anthropology, Media Studies, and Film Studies. View Hamid Naficy Research Papers on for free.

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This documentary is about an American, an Iranian, a film scholar, and a father. His name is Hamid Naficy, and his work in bringing Iranian Cinema to American audiences naficu be understated. Born in Isfahan, Iran inNaficy is a member of a unique generation of Iranian intellectuals who was traumatized by the political and social upheaval of the s known as the Islamic revolution.

Like many others, he left the country just beforenaflcy has returned from time to time for family visits, despite many obstacles, impediments, and even interrogations.

Hmaid making a family in the United States, Naficy kept an eye on the cinema of his home country, writing many famous books on the always-powerful and evolving Iranian film culture and about the exile conditions in which he found himself. Documenting Hamid’s experiences as an Iranian-American is very relevant because of the increasingly polarizing relations between the two countries. We need to make films that cross cultures and shine a light on the people who make the culture, not the politics.

Hamid just turned 71, and no one has ever made a film about this man hxmid helped a new generation of Iranian filmmakers reach for their dreams, introducing Iranian cinema to a wider audience in the West by establishing controversial naticy popular annual film festivals in Los Angeles and Houston.

We need to preserve his cultural wisdom for the next generation. I met some wonderful people baficy decided to stay as I completed the final years of my citizenship process. Then an amazing thing occurred: I discovered that Hamid lives just outside of Chicago, only one hour south of Milwaukee.

I met with Hamid and he graciously allowed me to document him. I am nearing completion of my citizenship process, and will soon need to return to Iran, unless I can raise funds to stay for one month and capture the remaining American footage I need. A nafich kind group of people I met through the Milwaukee Film Festival is helping me make this Kickstarter and create my project.


We nsficy hoping you will help us find the money we need to tell the story of an Iranian-American life. As I am far away from Iran, it has taken me a long time to find the right people in America to make this film nafficy. This money will allow me to postpone my scheduled flight back to Tehran, and pay hsmid camera operators and sound engineers for one month of shooting. These initial kickstarter funds allow us to move quickly for Hamid’s busy schedule.

However, after we have filmed Hamid, we plan to raise funds for editing, animation, legal fees, and rights to music and photos.

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However, since we have raised our seed funding so quickly, we hope to spend the last 10 days of our Kickstarter pushing even closer to our final goal. To do this, we are introducing what are called “Stretch Goals,” or dollar amounts that will grant further rewards for our supporters! We can pay for our legal fees and flight back to Iran for final filming.

We can pay for our first round of editing using professional editors. We can pay for our final round of editing and post-production.

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We can pay for animation treatment of Hamid’s sketches, animated titles, and other motion graphics. This is a long shot but if we somehow reach this amount, we will have the money to pay licensing fees for the music, movies, and images that weave through the fabric of Hamid’s life!

Hamid Naficy is a leading authority in cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media, and of Iranian jaficy Middle Eastern cinemas and media. His areas of research and teaching include these topics as well as documentary and ethnographic cinemas. He has published nearly a dozen books some award-winning and scores of book chapters and journal articles.


In addition, he has lectured widely nationally and internationally and his works have been cited and reprinted extensively and translated into many languages. Naficy has also produced many educational films and naficj videos and participated in major international film festivals, curated film series, and initiated the annual Iranian film festivals in Los Angeles in and in Houston in The biggest challenges in completing this film will be finding the audience – you!

The story is more nuanced than many about Iran and America relations, and it bridges the two countries lately seen as polar opposites. We hope there are enough people out there who want ha,id learn about the wave of emigration following the events of and the s, their painful period of adjustment and reevaluation, and their successful evolution as contributors to both societies through films, families, and cultures that they produced.

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Includes prizes 1 and 2, plus a professional print of one of Maryam’s photos, your choice from Flickr: Prizes 1- 3, and a professional print of one of Maryam’s photos, your choice from Hamld Includes prizes 1- 4, plus a copy of Hamid’s famous book Accented Cinema, signed by the author himself!

Apr 1, – May 1, 30 days. Share naicy project Done. Close Up and Far Away: To be filmed in Iran and Chicago. Hamid’s Series on Iranian Cinema.

Gozaresh, a famous Iranian film. Maryam and Habibeh, the subject of Thicker Than Paint. Hamid and Maryam in Chicago. Untitled, photo by Maryam. Support Select this reward.

Estimated delivery Dec Kickstarter is not a store. It’s a way to bring creative projects to life. Learn more about accountability. Estimated delivery May We will follow up with you to take your order. Estimated delivery Jun Ships to Anywhere in the world. Funding period Apr 1, – May 1, 30 days.