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Nika Khanjani is a film and video artist based in Montreal

About Nika

Nika Khanjani is a film and video artist, writer, and activist. Her work is marked by contrasting extremes and a patient sense of beauty. She combines landscape photography, subtle sound design, and portraiture to invoke internal states responsive to political and historical forces.

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Free World Pens (2015)

Synopsis

Free World Pens is a film about family and solitary confinement.  The film takes shape through letters from a man incarcerated in Texas, whose words echo in the mind of his sister as she walks freely through Montreal.

For poster and further details see freeworldpens.com

Specs

Title: FREE WORLD PENS
Year: 2015
Length: 20min 20sec
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: HD 1080p, 5.1 Surround
Language: English VO, French ST

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani
Cinematographer: Shannon Lynn Harris
Additional Cinematography: Adam Rosadiuk
Sound Design: Steve Bates
Original Composition: Kelly Nunes
Sound Mix: Bruno Bélanger
Editor: Nika Khanjani / Adam Rosadiuk
Text: Namy John Khanjani / Nika Khanjani

Made with the generous support of
Vivacité de Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec (CALQ)
Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal (PRIM)
Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)

Contact

Distributor: La Distributrice Serge Abiaad
Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com

Trailer

Screenings

RIDM 2015 : In Competition
London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) Visiting Artist
Cambridge Film Festival
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Zinebi International Film Festival : In Competition
Bogota Short Film Festival : In Competition

IRAN TO TEXAS (2011)

Synopsis

I take a candid look at my father, the ways in which the politics of oil played a hand in why we escaped Iran and the ironic twist of how we landed deep in the heart of Texas. It reflects the elusiveness of fragmented memories, shuffled among political upheavals and personal choices. It’s a film about the silencing power of shame, its effect on the body, and the voice that insists on piercing through.

Specs

For a High Resolution Copy, please contact me.
Title: Iran to Texas: Major Scale Minor Movement
Year: 2011
Length: 18min 45sec
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: 1080p24, 2.1 Stereo, S16mm, HD, DV
Language: English VO

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani
Cinematographer: Shannon Lynn Harris
Additional Cinematography: Adam Rosadiuk
Sound: Kelly Nunes

Contact

Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com

Texas, My Brother, and Me (2009)

Synopsis

A sketch that would later become FREE WORLD PENS

Specs

Title: Texas, My Brother, and Me
Year: 2007
Length: 7min
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: SD
Language: English

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani

Contact

Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com

Current (2007)

Synopsis

This short experimental uses re-photography onto black and white 16mm film which was then hand processed (very rough and stinky process using buckets of chemicals and film reels dunked like tangled spagetti in a makeshift darkroom), then digitized for online editing.

Specs

Title: Current
Year: 2007
Length: 8min
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: 16mm/SD
Language: English

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani

Contact

Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com

CopyRight (2006)

Synopsis

A short film based on one of the hundreds of volunteers at the BIHE, an underground university in Iran, for students who have been denied access to university because of their religion. The situation in Iran is bewildering. There is no way to really understand this absurdity---and the man in the film is struggling with what his life has come to.

Specs

Title: CopyRight
Year: 2006
Length: 6min
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: 16mm/SD
Language: English VO

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani
Cinematographer: Vincent Roy-Lavallée
Camera: Patrick Aubert
Original Composition: Alex Montyro
Editor: Nika Khanjani
Narration: John Guinty

Contact

Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com

Montreal spring, shrouded in mist (2012)

Synopsis

This was a sketch I shot one morning when we had a remarkable fog/mist in Montreal. Though I couldn't see them, I could hear that the birds have returned. So have the Canada geese. Just the night before, I'd read something by Anaïs Nin and this video sketch is a response to that sentiment.

Specs

Title: Montreal spring, shrouded in mist
Year: 2012
Length: 2min 34sec
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: HD 1080p
Language: English VO

Credits

Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani
Editor: Nika Khanjani / Adam Rosadiuk
Text: Anaïs Nin

Contact

Director: nkhanjani@gmail.com