Natalie Nesvaderani

is an Iranian-American filmmaker and anthropologist whose creative and scholarly work has taken her to Iran, Egypt, and New York.

She is committed to collaboration across cultural and national borders, especially in the face of violent, protracted U.S. imperialism in the Middle East and economic sanctions that seek to isolate Iran. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, including Shahrzad Digital Storytelling Institute, she co-designed and delivered a youth participatory media-making program in Tehran, Iran. Working with independent filmmakers, she is invested in collaborative projects and experimental audio-visual methods that compel cultural producers to explore affect beyond the frame.

Born and raised in the California Bay Area, she currently moves between the East and West coasts as she finishes her PhD in sociocultural anthropology at Cornell University.