MFA in Film and Media Arts -- Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 2011)
MA in Multicultural American Literature & Women's Studies -- University of Georgia (Athens, GA, 2007)
Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz is an award-winning, Iranian-American documentary artist, writer, and educator. Her community-engaged creative practices focus on immigration, diasporic identities, belonging, Freirean praxis, and critical examinations of the ways in which documentary can uphold systems of oppression, even as it promises to challenge such systems. Her work includes VR/360° documentary experiences, live participatory performances, installations, multi-platform collaborations—any form conducive to contributing nuance to ongoing dialogues around equity and social justice. Bazaz’s films have been shown internationally at film festivals, including Slamdance, Encounters Film Festival, CAAMFest, Atlanta Film Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, and her recent film, “How to Tell a True Immigrant Story” (2019) was the first-ever VR film to be programmed in the Pardi di Domani shorts competition at the Locarno International Film Festival. Aggie’s film, “Inheritance,” a lyrical personal essay about the relationships between political and personal instabilities in her Iranian family, earned the Loni Ding Award for Social Issue Documentary at CAAMFest in 2013, and the “Short Grit” Award at Indie Grits Film Festival in 2015. Among other honors, she has received support from the Wexner Center, MDOCS Summer Storytellers’ Institute, Interlochen Arts Academy, Cal Humanities, the Center for Asian American Media and the Bay Area Video Coalition. She earned her M.A. in multicultural literature from the University of Georgia and her M.F.A. in filmmaking as a University Fellow at Temple University. She is co-producer for the feature-length film, “La Casa de Mama Icha,” directed by Colombian director Oscar Molina, which premieres nationally in the US on PBS’s POV documentary series in October 2021.