THE VOICE OF DUST AND ASH Film

THE VOICE OF DUST AND ASH Film

A FILM BY MANDANA BISCOTTI

The untold story of monumental artist and humanitarian Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian, hailed by NPR as “one of the 50 greatest voices of all time” and by the Wall Street Journal as “the most important Iranian cultural figure of the last 3 decades.”

When Iran’s ayatollah banned music and performances in the entire country, instruments and records became contraband, and artists were  exiled, imprisoned, or executed.  As the new government began to crush  basic human rights, Maestro Shajarian risked everything to confront the regime, singing truth to power and uniting the country in a chorus of millions strong. His life long pursuit of equality through art is immortalized for generations to come, through his majestic, soaring vocals and lyrics. His internationally renowned hymn, “MORGHE SAHAR”, performed at the finale of all his concerts  is widely considered the Unofficial National Anthem for Iranian Freedom.

WHO

Directed by first time Iranian American director, Mandana Biscotti,  the film  derives its name from the 2009 Iranian protests in  which the government brutalized millions of peaceful protestors in response to rigged presidential elections. After the Iranian President's belittling dismissal of protestors  as "dust and ash",  Shajarian boldly and publicly responded, "then I am the voice of dust and ash".

The film features the original song “DUST & ASH” – with music and lyrics by three time Academy Award® nominated composer J. Ralph, performed by J. Ralph and nine time Grammy winning artist Norah Jones featuring a solo by Mojgan Shajarian, the film subject’s daughter.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: 

Mandana Biscotti is an attorney and the writer director of the Iranian human rights documentary, “The Voice of Dust and Ash”. Prior to filmmaking, Mandana specialized in corporate and entertainment law, working for companies such as CBS and the DGA.   She heads up the creative direction and marketing for several successful brands she owns with her husband, namely Nights of the Jack and Holiday Road. This winter, she is giving a lecture at Stanford University, Middle Eastern Studies program. Mandana graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with an emphasis in Political Science and International Relations and received her Juris Doctor from Chapman Law school. She enjoys volunteering and doing pro bono for the ACLU and is a board member of The Virtue Project Business Equity Council. She has a loving husband and two wonderful children who support her big dream of one day achieving freedom in Iran.

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November 18, 2022
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