Film Critic, Documentarian
Aref Mohammadi is a well-known journalist, film-critic, filmmaker and TV producer within the Iranian communities outside Iran. He is currently writing, hosting, and producing a weekly TV program titled Jahan-e- cinema (The World of Cinema). In addition, he is the director of New Wave Artistic and Cultural Group, which was founded by him in 2004 to introduce film and cinema to the Iranian community of Toronto through seminars, educational workshops, discussion panels and holding tributes to Iranian veteran and contemporary artists.
Aref’s education ranges from Persian Literature to Filmmaking and Social Work studies. He obtained a B.A. in Persian Literature in 1995 from Azad University, Tehran, Iran. After immigrating to Canada he completed a Diploma in Community Work from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada and studied Master in documentary Media at Ryerson, Toronto.
A few months after arriving in Canada Aref managed to follow his passion as a journalist by working with a number of Iranian newspapers and TV programs in Toronto. His articles have appeared in print media. A selection of his interviews with well-known cinéastes was published in a book called Iranian Cinema Yesterday, Today in 2012.
Aref has made two short documentaries called Bus (2005), about the first female bus driver in Iran, and New Horizon (2009) which introduced the first female mechanic in Iran. His latest Feature documentary called A Survivor from Magadan, won several awards including best TV Documentary (Canadian Ethnic Media)
Aref has been the recipient of a number of appreciation certificates including: The City of Markham (2013), Iranian Art and Culture Foundation in Toronto ( 2011) and AWIC Community Centre(2005) for the volunteer jobs he has done for the Iranian Community since his arrival in Canada.