Zahra Khosroshahi is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. She completed her doctorate at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, working on prominent Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad’s cinema as a gateway into important discussions around gender, femininity, and the taboo. Her research explores how film challenges systems of power, and how filmmaking specifically functions as a form of resistance in Iran.
Khosroshahi’s publications have appeared in a number of leading journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Frames Cinema Journal, and Feminist Media Histories. She is currently working on her forthcoming monograph “Iranian Women Filmmakers: A Cinema of Resistance” (Edinburgh University Press). In addition to her scholarship, she is dedicated to disseminating her research outside of academia. Her work has been well received by the public, and recognized through the Public and Outreach prize in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the University of East Anglia Engagement Awards.