Filmmaker: Jahanshah Ardalan
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1961, Jahanshah Ardalan is an independent Kurdish Iranian filmmaker based in Beverly Hills, California. He studied filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute and has worked on numerous commercial videos and documentaries. He directed and produced "Beyond Words" the first feature length documentary film, in 2003. The film focuses on the history of Kurdistan and the ceremonies of the Ghaderi Dervishes. Ardalan has started his own film production company, Digital Verité.
Watch excerpts from "Beyond Words" (2:10)