Gelareh Kiazand is a filmmaker and shooter mainly focusing on issues and stories in the Middle East. She has lived in Iran for six years working as a still photographer, and was the only woman at that time, shooting video for both fiction stories and feature documentaries. Her work later took her to Afghanistan, where she worked as a creative director and director/shooter for a documentary TV series. Her interest has always lied in the hidden masked human stories that reflect the current affairs of the Middle East. She has had a few photography exhibitions in Iran and Dubai, and she has won awards for her videography work. Gelareh was born in Iran and finished her studies in London and Toronto, graduating with a degree in Media Arts.