Shiva Sanjari is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Tehran in 1974 and grew up in a traditional family. After receiving his degree in film and theatre from Tehran University, he made his directorial debut with the 2004 feature film 'Havva'. The film was well-received and earned him numerous awards, including the Silver Peacock at the International Film Festival of India.
Sanjari is known for his unique approach to storytelling, which blends elements of realism and fantasy. He often uses his films as a platform to explore issues of identity, gender and social justice. His films often feature strong female characters who challenge traditional gender roles. He has been particularly praised for his sensitive portrayal of women in his films.
In 2010, Sanjari released the critically acclaimed 'A Separation', which earned him an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, which follows the story of a middle-class Iranian family, was praised for its powerful story and its exploration of the complexities of Iranian society.
In recent years, Sanjari has continued to explore themes of identity and social justice in his work. His most recent film, 'The Salesman', won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. The film tells the story of a couple whose life is disrupted by an unexpected event, and explores the difficult choices they must make.
Besides his feature films, Sanjari has also directed numerous television series, commercials, and documentaries. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of the novel 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini.
Sanjari is an outspoken advocate for freedom of expression and human rights. He has been vocal about the oppression of women in Iranian society and has been featured in numerous international publications. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Throughout his career, Sanjari has been praised for his unique and powerful storytelling style. His films have had a profound impact on Iranian cinema and have changed the way Iranian films are perceived around the world.