Director: Mani Mirsadeghi
Mani Mirsadeghi is a marine biologist and documentary filmmaker who made several films related to wildlife and environmental issues since 1993. His films have been produced with organizations such as UNDP and IRIB, and he has received international awards for his work, among them the Panda Award in Wildscreen 2008 (United Kingdom) and the International Wildlife Film Festival 2007 (United States).
Mani’s approach is to document in his films the purity of the environments and habitats he sees, and his goal is to encourage viewers around the world to take steps to save them. He has traveled extensively around the world, from Antarctica to the North Pole, has made documentaries in Africa and Siberia, and has produced a film about the underwater world of the Oman Sea, as well as numerous films in Iran.
Abi-e-Bidar is a NGO which uses films to increase public awareness for the environment and to show the biodiversity of Iran. The films have been shown at international festivals and are useful for scientists, but more importantly they are used to show the local people the beauty of their environment and why it is necessary to preserve it.
‘Where the Wind Whispers’ followed the sand cat through its dangerous habitat for over a year and introduced the untouched environment of the desert to local people and scientists for the first time.
|Best Independent Production 2014