Q: Did you have any unusual difficulties during filming?
Yes, police forces just in middle of Shoots asked us to move area
because of bomb threatening .I was not take it seriously and I
wanted to continue ,But they stands and seriously asked us to leave.
You know I raised in war time back home. For me it was another
repeated story. My film was about War too. LOL
At 2 Am ,they let us to get back, while there was no one left there
to work. I had to re crew and pay one more day for filming,
That cost me a lot of money and efforts to make all to come in a
fixed other day, For me
Q: Will winning awards help promote the film? How so?
It is a short film. It will promote my general message as a film
maker and I hope soon So many find me to join for greater films.
Q: How much money did it cost? Post production cost me a lot
and distribution much more, Some thing around 20.000 $ so far.
Q: How did you finance that?
With saving pennies and pennies.
Q: Where were the locations?
L.A city college
Q: To what audience is your film suited?
It has a general message for every body, I have made it as
though every one over age 5 can get and feel characters .Those who
has loved their beloved in war But was my main concern is for all
human kinds around the world.
Q: Any bites yet from distributors?
I hope I find some distributors because it is a great film
,different from others.A film has been made by a female film maker
With no financial support
I had to handle 80 % of post production myself because of lack of
investors who were not bold for my story to be told
I am making another Anti –war film and then I have three short film
with similar subject ready for the market .
Q: What was it like working with various sources?
How did you go about choosing who to interview? If you mean
casting? It is like making a raw wood to a beautiful shaped wooden
statue, Casting director was me and I had to shape my actors for
sure .Because I am a good method actor I was able to do it ,while
most directors have lack of acting experience and its why their film
some times fails.
Q: What has the feedback been so far?
Depends on where.!
I expect more publicity for sure. Still so many does not know about
a bout my films and works. But Festival people and INDONESIAN that
were out host were great and I love to go and win in their film
Q: Are you working on any new projects?
yes, I have a lot. One feature documentary One feature film Two more
And other documentary is about my works that will be ready by 2016
I love to work for other projects as director and co producer as
Q: Tell us about your own background. Where you were born? Where
did you study film? What was your first movie? What was your
previous job? Are you a full-time filmmaker?
I born in Iran, moved to India to became actress and get my PHD
where my visa for immigration to Canada got ready and I had to leave
India shortly to move for living in Canada while my aim was to come
to USA after 5 years of studying and exploring and now I am here in
Back home I was high school teacher and tutor.
Now I am full time dedicated filmmaker
Q: what was your first award? And how did you feel at that
I GOT over 20 awards as Reciter of Holly Quran and translating it to
English till I graduated university That time I decided to pursue
seriously my long life
Q: What was the best part of the project?
When you satisfy watching your film ,knowing you got what you wanted
to be in your film
Q: What was the most challenging?
SHORT time of making it to its best
Q: Are you pleased with the overall outcome?
I loved it to the way it is, Message of my film is so important for
Q: What are your hopes and dreams for the film?
I am hoping to make one more short related Anti-war subject and sell
it to be able to have some money for next bigger project and I like
investors-producers contact my company for making films together or
I get direction role for other films.
Q: How long did it take to complete the film?
1 month pre production,2 days of shooting and one more months of
Q: How do you feel to have won awards in IFFPIE and WHA 2015?
I feel great. I spread news among my fans and they will happy. It
was one of my happiest day of my life. To know there is still some
who appreciate humanity filmmakers.
Q: What makes you a filmmaker?
Why is this subject important to you?
To be a right strong bridge between East part of the world to
west and Vise versa. To tell un told stories and be a director
focusing on female problems more.
Q: Does this film send the message you intended?
Yes, I believe so and people said the same.
Q: Do most people just turn a blind eye when they hear of these
Most professionals liked it. My films have serious stories and
Q: Why the title?
No Tomorrow without merci is my film tile and another one is
coming is Sun is rising again..that has a great humanity subject.
Bet you ,that one will be on big screen of so many countries. My
feature film title is “Blue Butterfly” that is about to stop young
women and daughters to be killed because of wrong belief and pride
in their family in some part of the world.
Q: Advice to others who might like to follow in your footsteps?
They need to tell stories the move people’s heart and they have
to connect with characters to be able to make those portray right.
In fact this is not for every one ,they need to be chosen to make
this type of films. It is really hard.
Q: Is there anything in the past happened to you, that make you make
this movie? If, yes, what is this?
WAR ,REVOLUTION ,Meeting people in need ,felling them and
listening to good and bad people and choose whom you want to be.!
I choose to be a good one.!
Q: Is this a film that young people, college or high school students
could benefit from?
YES, DEFINATLRY. Young generation need to know about past and
decide about their present and future. They should know about other
culture and religious as well.
Q: Do you personally know anyone who inspires the movie?
My teachers who always most helped and even one point was worth
to me a lot. I used t be teacher for 18 years and I know without
being critiqued you can not be successful.
Q: Has the film won any other awards?
Yes, Accolade, Excellence award, Best female film maker of the
Q: Anything new to date on the film?
I am ready to make it to a feature film ,Just producers need to
contact my company.
Q: Unique stories during the making of the film?
I have told you above ,another is one of my friends did not know
we are filming and she was screaming in the yard for a long time of
happiness. My film had a hard style that is one long take shot.
Means there is no cut in the film. For post production I had to turn
that scream to look like it is a part of film. That CHANGING really
helped my film .
Q: What sacrifices did you make to become a filmmaker?
Leaving back home and missing home town and families,, My heart
is beating but I feel safer as I can use freedom of speech right
Q: How do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I will be one of the most female filmmaker of world who change
history of filmmaking and for sure Oscar winner as an example. I
love to be have some organization and teach as well. I can be great
to empower woman and also teaching actors and travel around the
world to show my films and teach new filmmakers. I am in process of
making few film festivals that you can hear from it through my
company page or face book page Mightyvisionpictures.com.