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FARAZ SHARIAT JOINS COMPULSORY
1 July 2019

Compulsory have signed German-Iranian director Faraz Shariat to their roster for UK representation.

With work which often blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, Shariat brings his distinct perspective to play via the use of heightened reality - plus a cultural melting-pot of aesthetics from both Eastern and Western influences.

Born in Cologne and raised in a hybrid culture, it's perhaps unsurprising that Shariat uses such a wide range of visual and tonal references. He says that the political climate across Europe has had a direct impact on his work and explains that "now, more than ever, it's important to oppose Western narratives of fear and terror with empowering images of Middle Eastern creativity."


I feel that now, more than ever, it’s important to oppose Western narratives of fear and terror with empowering images of Middle Eastern creativity.

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His first collaboration with Compulsory puts this sensibility to the fore, as 'Story Makers' brings some of the Middle East's most prominent artists together for Selfridges.

Dripping in luxury while maintaining a home-grown edge, the film features impossibly chic set design while model Halima Aden, actor Abu Hamdan, journalist Aws Al-Jezairy, and musician Fatima Al Qadiri wax lyrically about their respective world views. Demonstrating both style and substance, it offers an enticing glimpse of Shariat's potential.


For more information on Faraz Shariat, get in touch with Stephanie Walton using stephanie@compulsoryviewing.co.uk or on 020 3740 8983.

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