"Nahid" is a girl from “Shahsavar”. A small town in the north of Iran. At university, her major was environmental studies, but due to some circumstances she couldn’t work in her favorite field and was forced to open an insurance office in “Shahsavar” by her own efforts. At the opening of the insurance office, she accidentally met a group that was going to run a project in the area. It was the “International project of Hyrcanian forests”, which was held for five years from 2013 to 2019 and its main aim was to protect forests and the area’s biodiversity with a community-based approach, that is a new approach in Iran based on indigenous knowledge and revival and preservation of past traditions and rituals by trusting and educating the local community. The result of this approach was not only preserving nature, but also an environmentally aware society, capable of sustainable use of resources. In this project, several pilots were selected in “Mazandaran”, “Gilan” and “Golestan” provinces.
Nahid’s greatest facilitation activity was the Hyrcanian Forests’ Conservation Project. But the turning point for her was when she went to "Baluchistan" (a deprived area in south of Iran) in 2018 as a recreational trip, but it turned into a facilitating trip where she tried to implement the knowledge that she gained from the Hyrcanian forest project there. “LILIUM” is a film about the journey that goes to the pilots of Hyrcanian Forests’ project after its closure and shows the massive impacts that the project made on empowering the locals. Also, it is a journey to Nahid’s inside, parallel to her emerging concern which is starting the facilitation job in “Baluchistan”.

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    September 22, 2023
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    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Director Biography - Parinaz Hashemi

I am Parinaz Hashemi from Iran, hold an associate’s degree in Curatorial studies from the university of Cultural Heritage in Tehran.

I am an Independent and solo filmmaker and I am interested in social issues.

I have authored 3 books also.

I have over 20 years of experience in cinema and Television working as programmer, director assistant and editor in over 40 projects but I quit my job for few years and make documentary by my own now.

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2023 Lilium (feature documentary movie)
2022 Bashla (In Progress)
2021 Ghasr Prison
2020 Colourful Dreams
2019 A girl from Parsian
2019 My share
2018 The little red fish
2016 The Rhythm of my life
2008 A smile for fire
2005 Next time
2004 I speak to you and I know that you hear me