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Assal Ghawami is a multi hyphenated storyteller, who uses a variety of media to capture a multicultural perspective. Born in Iran, raised in Germany, Ghawami is finally a full fleshed permanent resident of Brooklyn, New York. Through the generous support of Maurice Kanbar, Peter D Gould and Tisch School of the Art grants she finished her MFA in Screenwriting and Directing at NYU Grad Film School. Ghawami has directed and produced numerous corporate videos for New York’s first all female owned film studio GUM Studios where she started an internship program mentoring budding filmmakers from New York City public high schools. Since 2017 Ghawami has been a teaching artist at Naked Angels and she has co-founded Every Woman Biennial Film Festival with Finley. Through her work Ghawami has continuously advocated for Elder Rights, Women’s Rights and Cultural Diversity.
Ghawami is a member of Alliance of Women Directors and has been supporting internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Thati Pele, Ghazi Albuliwi and most recently with Palme d’Or nominated director Abu Bakr Shawky in various producing roles.
In 2020 Ghawami reconnected with her love for acting and started a comedy group with collaborator Sade Namei named Iran Mustache Crisis. Ghawami is currently developing a TV Show with Tisch fellow B. Monét.