Banafsheh Zand
Journalist, Iran Analyst, and Human Right Activist

Banafsheh Zand was born in Tehran. In 1979, following the Khomeinist uprising, she left Tehran and moved to Paris to begin university at the French Institute of Advanced Cinematic Studies. In 1983 she came to the U.S. and continued studies at the University of Maryland, majoring in film and linguistics; in 1984 she moved to New York.

Her family's political background led her to continue the struggle against the Khomeinist regime. In 2001, while working on a documentary about the Iranian regime's assassination of Iranian opposition leaders, Banafsheh's own father, Siamak Pourzand, one of Iran's most celebrated intellectuals and opposition icons, was abducted by the secret police of the Islamic Republic of Iran, imprisoned, tortured, and finally murdered in 2011. It was at then that she committed herself to full-time political analysis and human rights reporting. She has been a regular contributor to many American and European publications, and frequently appears on international radio and television.

Banafsheh is the co-producer of the film "Set the Red Line".

Writings by Banafsheh Zand  (View Biography)

Title Date
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Champions Iranian Dissident Filmmaker Jafar Panahi2013/07/01
The Iran Regime's Tehran-DC Fantasy Flight2013/07/01
Hassan Rouhani to Again Take Over as Nuclear Negotiator2013/07/01
Iran & Russia to Hold Joint Naval Maneuvers in Caspian Sea2013/07/01
Hassan Rouhani, In His Own Words2013/06/19
Who Is Hassan Rouhani?2013/06/18
Laundering Khatemi2008/11/12
From Bogota to Tehran2008/11/04

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