Mahwash

About us

About us

Sam Javadi (Director)

Sam Javadi is a versatile artist with experience across film, theater, and performance. Highlights of his career include serving as Video Director for “Whispers of Spring” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, leading the Takshot Film Company, and teaching directing and screenwriting workshops for short films.
His creative talents extend to writing and directing narrative and documentary works. These include “Bahram Bazai,” “Home yet Far away,” and an array of short films such as “Shedin Skin,” “My Mother is an Angel,” “White Flower,” “Impasse,” “Two Windows,” and his latest, “Wednesday.” 
Javadi is a multifaceted artist who has received international awards recognizing his exceptional talent and contributions to short film and contemporary arts. This further demonstrates his prominence within the global artistic community.

Zahir Rashed (Writer)

Zahir Rashed is an Afghan screenwriter and storyteller currently based in San Francisco. From a young age, he has been fascinated by people and compelled to share their experiences through visual storytelling. This passion led him to work as an editor and content manager for Afghanistan Today Magazine, writing profiles that revealed the captivating stories of everyday Afghans. Through this experience, Zahir realized he needed professional training to hone his skills. Since moving to the US, he has been studiously pursuing the art of screenwriting and visual storytelling. Zahir aims to continue crafting compelling narratives that provide insight into the diverse lives of people from his homeland and beyond.

Sepideh Abdolvahab (Editor)

Sepideh Abdolvahab is an acclaimed Iranian film editor with over two decades of experience. She has edited more than 70 films that have screened at major festivals worldwide including Berlinale, Venice, and Toronto. Sepideh began her career as an assistant editor, learning from her mother Hayedeh Safiyari, the renowned editor of films like A Separation. Her first editing credit was on the drama Friday Evening in 2002. Since then, she has worked with top Iranian directors like Bahram Beizaei, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, and Mohsen Abdolvahab, garnering multiple award nominations and wins. Based in Los Angeles, Sepideh continues to teach and mentor new editors, sharing her expertise through workshops in Iran and the U.S.

Azadeh Navai (Co-Producer)

Azadeh Navai is an Iranian filmmaker and producer. Her films are explorations of the people, culture and history of her home country, and have screened internationally–including New York Film Festival, BFI London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, SLAMDANCE, Chicago International Film Festival, and Atlanta film Festival. Azadeh holds an MFA in Film & Video from California Institute of the Arts and is a grant recipient from the arthouse streaming platform, Fandor. She is a co-founder at the production collective, Studio Dastan.

Sara Rezaei (Post-Production Manager)

As a Creative Film Production Manager with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail, Sara stands as a dedicated professional in the heart of the entertainment industry. Over the past five years, Sara has delved deep into the world of the entertainment industry, working on various projects ranging from children’s books to animations and short films, while also advocating for underrepresented artists from Afghanistan and Iran. She seamlessly blends creativity with logistical skills, ensuring that every frame tells a compelling story while adhering to budgets and timelines.

Ary Modares (Sound Supervisor)

Ary Modares is an entertainment professional with a decade of experience in creating, developing, and delivering high-quality audio and media projects in various forms and scales, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Production from The Los Angeles Film School. Demonstrating a passion for premium content in the film and TV industry, he has successfully navigated roles at esteemed organizations such as Dead Cat Audio, Takshot Film, LLC, and Dolby Laboratories. His expertise spans music production, film production, and audio specialist roles, contributing to thought leadership in the music tech space, and ensuring industry-standard sound design for films.

Humaira Ghilzai

Humaira Ghilzai – a versatile cultural producer, storyteller, and dialect coach – draws from her experiences on Broadway, The West End, and various theaters across the US and UK for her advisory on projects related to Afghanistan and the Islamic world. She has also worked on Hollywood films and Apple TV’s Little America. Passionate about catalyzing social change, Humaira co-founded the Afghan Friends Network in 2003, striving to provide educational opportunities for women, girls, and boys in rural Afghanistan. Having grown up in Afghanistan, Humaira admired the artistry of Ustad Mahwash and feels profoundly honored to contribute to bringing her remarkable story to life.