Internationally acclaimed painter, photographer, actress and director, Mania Akbari (b. Tehran, 1974) constantly explores the forms of feminine identity and the condition of women in Iran. Her films and video projects have brought her awards in the international festivals and the censorship in her own country. Akbari was exiled from Iran and currently lives and works in London, a theme addressed in her latest Film, Life May Be (2014), co-directed with Mark Cousins. This film was released at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at Edinburgh International Film Festival (2014) and Asia Pacific Film Festival (2014). She is currently working on the new project A Moon For My Father in collaboration with British artist Douglas White.