Iranian-born, Afarin moved to London as a baby with her family following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
She graduated from Leeds University in 1998 with BSc Combined Honours in History & Philosophy of Science with Psychology. Her passion for creative expression led her to embark upon a second degree - BA Graphic Design - at the prestigious Central Saint Martin's College, where she graduated with First-Class Honours in 2007.
Since then, she has accumulated a series of awards and prizes for works she has directed, including the well reputed Kodak Commercial Awards, where in 2007 she won three prizes including Overall Winner. In 2006, she won paid-internship at Framestore-CFC, and in 2009 she won the AHRC Scholarship.
Throughout her time at the NFTS, she experimented with bridging the gap between animation and documentary. She successfully uses mixed-media to explore complex social and political issues through non-polemic narrative ľas seen in her graduation film Abuelas.
Abuelas 2011 9 mins 14 secs Colour Dolby Digital
Pixilation with mixed-media animation
In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother.
However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.
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