The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to welcome Dr Tina Gharavi to the University of Westminster. Gharavi will reflect on her work as an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter addressing important questions of insiders and outsiders in social, political and economic life. 

Dr Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter. Her work has been broadcast internationally (ITV/Channel Four (UK), Showtime (US) and selected for Sundance) and she is noted for documentary, fiction and cross-platform interactive work as well as using innovative techniques to bring untold stories of marginalised people and subjects to a mainstream audience and to empower those who can, to tell their own stories. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (USA), a Cultural Leadership Fellowship (Hong Kong), she released her feature film, I Am Nasrine, a coming of age story of teenage asylum-seekers from Iran in 2013. She is currently in development on a further two feature fiction films, with Film4 and BFI, and a documentary film about the US prison system currently in early stages. She is a Fellow from 2014-15 at Open Documentary Lab at MIT in Boston.

In 1998 Gharavi set up the media production company, Bridge + Tunnel Productions, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The company creates documentary and fiction film focusing on the themes of cultural identity, migration, and social inclusion and produces films and projects internationally.

In 2000 Gharavi setup and established the Kooch Cinema Group, a community media training project, which is made up of asylum seekers and refugee participants from the Middle East based in the North of England. She started this project after returning to Iran to make a Channel Four commissioned documentary, Mother/Country, about revisiting her mothers house 23 years after leaving.In 2005, she established a separate media education charity, Nomad Cultural Forum, to undertake the charitable and educational work she initiated mainly working with refugees and asylum seekers (the Kooch Cinema Projects). In 2008, the name was later changed to Bridge + Tunnel Voices. In 2015 she stepped down as Creative Director.

In 2014, she established Bridge + Tunnel France, with her partner, James Richard Baillie, to undertake several projects based in France and the rest of Mainland Europe. The company will specialise in interactive narrative and documentary as well as European co-productions.