Growing up in Iran, British-Iranian journalist and filmmaker Sahar Zand dreamed of being a man. Her childhood logic told her that was the only way to escape the restrictions that women in Iran face. She’s on a mission to uncover why hope is dangerous to authoritarian regimes, like the Islamic Republic of Iran. The answer? “Hope is angry; it’s defiant; it’s dangerous. Hope is right now, firmly standing its ground on the streets of Iran, chanting “women, life, freedom”.

Sahar is a British-Iranian award-winning Broadcast journalist and multimedia documentary filmmaker. She has presented and produced documentaries and reported on current affairs in some of the most remote and hostile environments for international broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Vice Sky and a number of other international broadcasters. Sahar fled Iran at 12 years old and after years of living in refugee camps across Europe, she eventually arrived in the UK. The adversity faced during these years has given Sahar an insight into marginalised communities and allows her to report from a unique perspective rarely seen in mainstream media.

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