The Iranian-American Gorjestani has worked on numerous film projects, including the 2013 film “Refuge”. This is a chilling depiction of an alternate 2020, starring an Iranian refugee who is forced to choose between deportation and subjecting herself to American biotechnology experiments. “Refuge” was nominated for the 2014 SXSW Jury Awards. Says Gorjestani, “History finds new ways to repeat itself. Instead of World War II, it’s cyberwar, and instead of internment camps, it could be deportation.”
A. Sayeeda Clarke
Clarke is an acclaimed screenwriter and director. She’s also the mind behind the short form script for “White,” a dystopian science fiction film which stars an Afro-Latinx family and comments on both racial and environmental problems. Clarke’s other films include “Sin Salida” and “The Grey Woman.” Both have won awards in their own right.