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Taghi Amirani

Filmmaker

Taghi Amirani

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Filmmaker, Founder @ Amirani Media

Current Organizations:

Amirani Media


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Videos

Taghi Amirani - Showreel

"Director Taghi Amirani manages to evoke a truly magical quality in the images he captures, turning the least auspicious ideas into absolute gems.... Intelligent cutting...and a genuine interest in the people he features make Amirani's gentle films presently some of the best on television."
FIONA MORROW, TIME OUT


"Taghi Amirani’s film reminded you how in a good documentary the word 'observation' always has a double sense, both the act of watching and an act of commenting."
THOMAS SUTCLIFFE, THE INDEPENDENT


I"t's Taghi Amirani's first film and a beauty of its quiet kind."
HUGH HEBERT, THE GUARDIAN


"Amirani has a special feeling for his subjects, which prevents his films from being the least bit patronising. The result is unusual amid the current plethora of heavily ironic documentaries, proving that film-makers don't need gimmicks if they have a sure eye and an open mind."
FIONA MORROW, TIME OUT


"Taghi Amirani's first entrancing film was about amateur astronomers, and Beyond The Barrier is just as good. He has a marvellous eye for what British television loves: individuals with enthusiasm, harmless obsession, and eccentricity - his subjects are not eccentric in any mocking sense but in the sense of ordinary people whose lives seem to run on axis slightly off centre from ours. He is a born miniaturist and they are a valuable, rare, and endangered species."
HUGH HEBERT, THE GUARDIAN


"If you're keen to understand how it is that the things we love shape our lives, Taghi Amirani's exquisitely made programme will fill both your eyes and your cuttings bin."
NICOLA BARKER, THE OBSERVER


"An eccentric, entrancing, heart-warming film."
ELAINE PATERSON, TIME OUT


"...while the overall effect is similar to that of a formal exercise in surrealism by Peter Greenaway, the star watchers themselves are presented with respect and affection."
ANNE BILSON, THE TIMES


"It's rare for television cameras to capture such ingenuousness."
JASPER REES, THE TIMES


"So understated it transcends eccentricity.... it’s an affectionate film that never sends ordinary people up."
TIME OUT


"Wonderfully buoyant, utterly entrancing. See it."
JOHN LYTTLE, CITY LIMITS


"Throughout the series, director and producer Taghi Amirani has displayed sensitivity and integrity, currently rare attributes among television makers, the collective noun for whom these days, must surely be a callousness."
VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH, THE EVENING STANDARD

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The Dispossessed

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WE ARE MANY - Official Trailer - http://www.wearemanymovie.com/

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Projects

"We Are Many"
12/01/2011 – 03/21/2014
A feature documentary about the biggest protest in history that took place on 15 February 2003 against the invasion of Iraq, and its legacy. ROLE: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. IN POST PRODUCTION
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"Coup 53"
07/05/2009 – 09/23/2015
A feature about the 1953 coup d'état in Iran staged by America and Britain that overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossadegh and re-installed the Shah. BP was at the heart of the story. If you want to understand current US-Iran relations you need to know what happened in 1953.

"ARUP Legends"
01/06/2011 – present
A series of documentary profiles of prominent ARUP engineers who have built some of the world's most iconic buildings and structures. ROLE: PRODUCER-DIRECTOR. IN PRODUCTION THROUGH 2014


Biography

Taghi Amirani is an Iranian physicist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is the Director of Amirani Media, a London-based film and television production company with over 60 hours of programming produced for the world’s leading broadcast networks, including the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, France 3 and Aljazeera. Starting out as a director in 1989 he has made 35 documentaries, a couple of fictions shorts and a handful of commercials. He is currently working on a film about the 1953 coup d'état in Iran staged by America and Britain that overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossadegh and re-installed the Shah. BP was at the heart of the story. If you want to understand current US-Iran relations you need to know what happened in 1953. On this page you can see an 18-min showreel. More samples are on the Amirani Media website http://amiranimedia.com/


Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Breakfast

A funny story about me:
It's all funny one way or another if you give it time.


Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TED2009
2010 TED Senior Fellow
Languages
English
Persian
Italian - a little to get by
Living in
London, United Kingdom
Working in
London, United Kingdom
Born in
Tehran, Iran
Gender
Male

Contact

Twitter
@tagz23
Websites
amiranimedia.com/ www.facebook.com/AmiraniMedia en-gb.facebook.com/TaghiAmiraniFilmmaker taghiamirani.com/
Blog
amiranimedia.com/blog/

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