filmmaker / visual artist

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I am a filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist and feminist activist. My work focuses on exploring the boundaries of unconventional narrative and subverting expectations and ideals of beauty and aesthetics. I’m interested in the dualities and contradictions inherent in nature but specifically within the human existential experience. This interest has pushed my work to explore the human body and its relationship to movement, sound, space and time and allows me to visually explore and juxtapose subtlety and drama, fiction and nonfiction, the beautiful and the grotesque, masculinity and femininity, etc. The universality of this “human experience theme” has allowed me to explore the topics in film that drive me as a human being and artist: social and political conflict, gender (in)equality, people in diaspora, the body and its relationship to movement in space, music and its relationship to bodies and the moving picture and more. Since completing my first documentary feature in 2013, I have had the opportunity to create a variety of types of work, from short films and music videos to video art installations that have been screened at film festivals and in galleries around the world including the TATE Britain, LACMA, MOCA, Ars Electronica and more. My video work has been also been featured on media sites such as VICE and The Creator's Project, MTV, VH1, Paper Magazine and AfroPunk to name a few.

From 2015 to 2019, I served as Creative Director of Women's Voices Now (WVN), an intersectional and international feminist NGO advocating women's rights through film. With WVN, I was able to integrate my experience in film with my passion for social activism and women and girls’ rights. I developed programs and workshops for underserved populations of women, men and girls and lead symposiums and advocacy events around social issues and cinema globally. In June of 2018, I developed and launched WVN’s youth documentary and activism program in which girls aged 14-20 from marginalized communities in Los Angeles learn how to research, write, produce, shoot and edit film, resulting in the production and completion of short social issues documentaries as first time filmmakers.

My work and practice thus far has reinforced the notion that intentional, inclusionary and radical spaces that cultivate creativity have the most potential to illuminate injustice, foster awareness and dialogue, create access, disrupt the status quo and shed light on the problematic shadow that aims to divide us and divorce us from our humanity. I have always envisioned my work and the trajectory of my career as representative of my rich and eclectic cultural background (Iranian, Brazilian, British, American). This means as the world evolves, I will too; not only in the stories I choose to tell but also how I choose to tell them, with whom and in what spaces they manifest.

i am working of various projects and always looking for new friends and collaborators. 

say hi : leilajarman [@] gmail [dot] [com]