I was born and raised in the northeast part of Iran.
I got my B.A. in Theater Directing from the University of Tehran. Then, I went to Dalarna University in Sweden to study Film Ethnography.
After finishing my M.A in Sweden, I went back to Iran and made about 10 films there. Then, I got to know Dr. Dan Ben-Amos and I helped him in an ethnography project concerning Jewish folk life and narratives in Iran. He recommended that I come to the U.S. and study folklore. My wife and I applied to the same program and we both got accepted.
What always astounds me about folklore is that we study seemingly very simple issues, like foodways, costumes and jokes, but we apply them in addressing huge issues, like politics, power and identity.
I like cooking and baking. When we came here, we did not have the bread we had in Iran. So, I started baking and I turned out to be a good baker.