As a four-time female immigrant familiar with the psychological effects of displacement and uprooting, I have always found solace in the arts: writing, linguistics, theatre and film became the vehicles to help me reconcile a young, restless soul yearning for freedom and personal expression after years under a regime that dictated everything from dress code to public conduct, particularly for women.

My play Mimi’s Suitcase embodies the personal gravitas of experiencing a completely different Iran from the one I remembered in the early 1970s when my family and I immigrated to Barcelona. When we returned after the revolution, “Charlie’s Angels” had given way to war slogans and a strict social moral code for which many of us were unprepared. Young people were seeking refuge in popular culture.

As a passionate advocate for our shared humanity and oneness, I believe marginalized communities of any cultural background have much to share and many experiences in common. As an international storyteller passionate about human experience and promoting awareness of our shared oneness, I am deeply rooted in my own experiences as an immigrant who cares deeply about our common plight for mutual understanding and peaceful cohabitation.

At Jiwar, I am delving deeper into the exploration of such themes in preparation for my upcoming U.S. (followed by an international) tour of Mimi’s Suitcase. Additionally, I am researching my next play: a combination of female monologues with a central common immigration theme throughout recent history.

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