Tanaz Eshaghian was born in Iran in 1974 and emigrated to the United States shortly after the 1979 revolution. Her first film “I Call Myself Persian,” completed in 2002, told the story of how Iranians living in the U.S. were affected by prejudice and xenophobia after 9/11. In “Love Iranian-American Style,” completed in 2006, she filmed her traditional Iranian Jewish family, both in New York and Los Angeles, documenting their obsession with marrying her off and her own cultural ambivalence. For her début feature-length film “Be Like Others,” a provocative look at men in Iran choosing to undergo sex change surgery, Eshaghian returned to Iran for the first time in 25 years. “Be Like Others” premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival and went on to win the Teddy special jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival as well as the ELSE Siegessaule Reader’s Choice Award and was nominated for and Emmy award. It has been invited to over 30 film festivals worldwide and had its US television premiere on HBO in June 2009. In 2011 she finished “Love Crimes of Kabul”, a documentary shot inside a women’s prison in Kabul Afghanistan focusing on “moral crimes” for HBO.