Abbas Sendi is an Iranian documentary filmmaker who is renowned for his thought-provoking and award-winning works. His films explore the life and struggles of everyday people in Iran, and he is known for his humanistic approach to filmmaking.
Sendi was born in 1975 in Mashhad, the second-largest city in Iran. He developed an interest in film and photography at an early age, and at the age of 17 he began working as a photographer for a local newspaper. He soon moved to Tehran to study film and media at the Iranian Broadcasting University, and in 1997 he graduated with a degree in documentary filmmaking.
Throughout his career, Sendi has won numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 for his documentary “The Forgotten”. The film explored the lives of immigrants in Tehran and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing society.
Sendi’s other notable works include “Once Upon a Time in Tehran” (2004), which explored the lives of people living in the city during the period of the Iranian Revolution, and “The Last Days of the Sea” (2009), which focused on the plight of fishermen in the Persian Gulf.
Sendi’s work has been screened at festivals and museums around the world, including the Berlinale, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions and books, including “Abbas Sendi: A Retrospective” (2014).
Sendi continues to work on documentary projects that explore the lives of people in Iran and around the world. He is dedicated to creating meaningful and thought-provoking films that challenge the status quo and make us think about the human condition.