Pegah Pasalar (Iran)
2020 Storylines Lab in English
Pegah Pasalar is an Iranian filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist currently based in Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Art University of Tehran, majoring in cinema editing. She is a full-merit scholarship awardee at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an M.F.A. with an emphasis in Film and Video. Her work is centered on the position of women in the family and society, social criticism of childhood and parenting, displacement and transitions. She reflects on these themes through different hybrid mediums and forms using a personal but holistic, poetic yet resonant way. She has shown her works in multiple national and international festivals and venues, such as the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Onion City, Chicagolands Shorts vol.6, Berlin Revolution Film Festival, Ecrã Festival, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center and Logan Square Theater, among others. Pegah is currently working on a series of films, each titled after a day of the week. With the completion of Sunday, Saturday and Monday, she is now developing Tuesday, her first feature film.
Tuesday — Sahar, a seven-year-old Iranian girl, is forced by her controlling mother to cut her long hair very short, as she has heard from neighbors that long hair prevents growth. This event imposes a significant impact on Sahar’s life as she hits puberty…