About Sara Zia Ebrahimi

Persian bohemian, indie films cheerleader, Social Media Specialist at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Love to: write, read, sew, eat, cook, run.

Monday is deadline to register to volunteer for BlackStar Film Festival

BlackStar 2015Come be a part of the magic that is BlackStar Film Festival by registering to volunteer. There’s a variety of ways you can plug in, and in return you’ll get screening vouchers, a free festival poster and discounts on festival merchandise.  Anyone committed to supporting the festival’s success is welcome. Deadline to register as a volunteer is July 6th.

Call for submissions of creative nonfiction for anthology of Iranian American writers

10252134_1376452419322967_4250205884657167190_nEditors Leila Emery and Katherine Whitney are looking for submissions for their upcoming anthology Iran Musings: Stories and Memories from the Iranian Diaspora.

Seeking creative nonfiction (personal essays or memoir) pieces, preferably as yet unpublished, that address the experiences of Iranians in the US and their connections and disconnections to Iran and its culture. Writing does not have to be by Iranians only; it can also include the work of spouses of Iranians, bi-cultural children, and those who have lived or worked in Iran and feel some connection to the people and place. Writing must be in English (no translations, please) and can address any of the following themes:

Leaving, Exile, and Migration

Loss and Replacement

Straddling Two Worlds


Having a Voice

Defining One’s “Iranianness”

Family: Elders, Relatives, and the “Community”


Email your submissions to the editors at Iranmusings@gmail.com as a Word doc (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, no more than 15 pages).

DEADLINE: August 1, 2015. As we receive submissions, we will post short excerpts of those that have been selected for inclusion in the anthology. We will seek out a publisher over the next year with an eye towards publishing this anthology in 2016.

2016 Athena Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

Have a film with a strong female lead? The Athena Film Festival is now accepting submissions.

The Athena Film Festival is the only major film festival dedicated to the depiction of women in leadership roles. Now in its sixth year, our films feature courageous and audacious women who are making a difference in communities across the globe.

Exploring Credit Card Debt and the Iranian-American Immigrant Experience

bailoutcreditswipeI’ve admired the work of Ajam Media Collective for a few years, so it’s a great honor to have a guest post on their site this week! “Exploring Credit Card Debt The Iranian-American Immigrant Experience” is a personal essay reflecting on some of my experiences that led to the creation of Bailout.

“Many years ago I was bemoaning my credit card debt to a friend and her brilliant response was: “Having credit card debt doesn’t make you a failure, it just makes you American.” Later that day, I wrote that statement down. I sensed its importance, though I wasn’t sure why. Little did I know at the time that the statement would become the anchor for my new web series, Bailout.”

Read the full article.