Sanaz Fotouhi is an Iranian born writer, filmmaker and academic. Through her work she has become one of the influential members of the Iranian community in Australia.
Born in Iran in 1981, Sanaz grew up in Japan, America and Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BA, MPhil and PhD in English literature from the University of New South Wales and her research interests include the study of diasporic writings in English. Here book 'The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity Since the Islamic Revolution' is a pioneering book in the field (IB Taurus, 2015).
Sanaz is one of the co-founders and directors of the Persian International Film Festival - Australia's first film festival to bring together films from Iran and Agghanistan. She is the co-producer of multi award winning documentary 'Love Marriage in Kabul.' Her book. Sanaz also writes fiction and is working on a novel. Currently she is the General Manager of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, an Australian based literary networking organisation, one of the most unique and largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.
Sanaz has made numerous media appearances both in her role as Managing Director of the Persian International Film Festival and for her photography exhibitions of Afghanistan.