A portrait of Tara Aghdashloo

Tara Aghdashloo started high school as a freshly landed Iranian immigrant in Toronto, Canada. She had decided she wanted to write since before she knew how to.

Aghdashloo pursued her story-telling dreams at Ryerson University’s Journalism School, and published articles and reports for a range of newspapers and magazines, while finishing an internship at the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper. She published her poetry collection in 2011 before moving to London, where she completed her MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication at SOAS University, and shifted her focus to broadcast production. After a few years with the BBC World, she worked at Manoto Television and wrote, produced, directed, and presented a number of shows and documentaries until 2016.

Her forays into curation started in London when for years she co-directed a contemporary art gallery in East London. She’s now working independently on film and documentary projects, while writing, as always, in both English and Persian.