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Following her unexpected nomination for a Bafta, director Tina Gharavi discusses her debut film about a girl fleeing Iran only to face persecution of another sort in Britain

When Tina Gharavi's film I Am Nasrine was nominated for a Bafta for outstanding debut, the biggest surprise wasn't the feature's unexpected jury selection, but that it made it to release at all. The subversive work filmed between north-east England and Iran – where it was shot in secret and smuggled out of the country – touches on the restrictions to freedom under the Iranian regime, but its real interest lies in the UK's contemporary refugee experience.

The Iranian-born, UK-based director and lecturer at Newcastle University has been making documentaries for more than a decade that give voice to marginalised communities. Since her low-budget feature I Am Nasrine caught the eye of the jury she has been overwhelmed by a media whirlwind of interest. »

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