Surviving Paradise Director's Bio / Statement
Iranian-born Kamshad Kooshan immigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. He has been involved with photography since he was twelve years old and has had many exhibitions. Additionally he has directed full length plays in various San Francisco venues, and has written and published many short stories, some of which were gathered in a collection called Moonlit Garden, published by Raha Press.

Since graduating from San Francisco State University and studying at the American Conservatory Of Theatre, Mr. Kooshan has written and directed three short films, the last of which, The Last Illusion, has been screened by such prominent institutions as the American Film Institute and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. He has been teaching at the Graduate Motion Picture & Video department of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco for the past four years. Surviving Paradise is his feature debut and the first American film by an Iranian-American filmmaker to be distributed in North America.

Director's Statement

As an immigrant who came to my new home in the United States twenty years ago, I wanted to tell a simple story for children to be both inspired and challenged by, which was watchable by both parents and their children (8 years and up), and is not too violent by making the hit men a bit funny and bungling. My hope is that even though some stereotypes are used, children (and their parents) are encouraged to think about such issues as diversity, tolerance and resilience.

Kamshad Kooshan

also see:
Surviving Paradise
Various publications


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