~ Video: Being Zoroastrian ~

“Being Zoroastrian” is a short film I completed in April 2013 to fulfill the requirements of my master’s thesis in Visual Communication.  The piece focuses on my journey to gain a deeper understanding of my Zoroastrian faith, community and heritage. I needed to take this journey for myself but along the way I realized it has themes that many people can relate to. Like many creative endeavors, this project is far from perfect or completely realized. So I encourage your comments, questions and thoughts – I’d also love to hear your stories of identity, belonging, faith, loss, love and hope within the context of “Being Zoroastrian.” Thanks for watching and please include your comments or send them directly to me at mail@kainazamaria.com.

A few people have already noted that I do not differentiate between Parsi Zoroastrian and Irani Zoroastrian. I realize this is an important distinction but in order to keep the piece concise to a wider audience I decided to solely focus on my story and my family’s story. It was not an oversight but an editorial decision on my part. There are many nuances that I would have liked to go further into but again these are decisions you have to make in the editing process.

If you are curious to read more, FirstPost.com has done a Q&A piece on the video.

Here are some comments people have shared with me about the piece:

Just saw your video “Being Z”  and loved it  — brought a lump in my throat and my eyes welled up — you have captured all the essential history, traditions and current challenges so well and so poignantly, in this short piece.  Well done!

10 seconds in, the chills. 20 seconds in, tears. 60 seconds in, i see ME akward at age 9 and i am cracking up. Absolutely beautiful. this will be treasured for years to come.

Breathtaking, amazing, and so OUR story. Thank you for being a voice for all of us.

This is such a great video and explains “us” so well. You rock.

This is just an amazing video. Parts of our past, present and future.

I feel like there needs to be more people like you creating films like this, to help create awareness to our religion, who we are, and our beliefs. My mom is from India, my dad from Iran, so not only have I had the “zoroastrian” disconnect with the rest of the world, I am torn between iranis and Parsis. I always wanted to bring awareness to this, that we should unite as one, no one should feel confused, especially in their own faith. But what you created was an amazing start. I hope it goes viral:)

Just viewed your amazing video and it brought tears to my eyes. I could relate to your aunt’s pain of being away from her parents. And to the little girl that just wanted to fit in. Its brilliantly made and the world needs to see it.

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