Finding A Place

31 October 2020 | WORD Christchurch Spring Festival

We bring together two young first generation Iranian New Zealanders to tell their extraordinary stories.

In The Girl from Revolution Road, writer and filmmaker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh speaks powerfully of displacement and living between two worlds. Her essays range from a childhood in war-torn Iran, to learning English and making friends, to dating in the days of COVID-19.

Know Your Place tells Golriz Ghahraman‘s story, with memories of life and resistance in post-revolutionary Iran to making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand; her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

Golbakhsh and Ghahraman appear in conversation with Donna Miles-Mojab to discuss breaking barriers, the daily challenges of prejudice that shape the lives of women and minorities, and finding a place to belong.

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