Farid Haerinejad is an accomplished media manager, an internationally acclaimed mass media producer, broadcast journalist, award winning filmmaker and educator.
His focus of work are issues related to human rights, minority rights, gender rights, civil society, freedom of speech and free press in the national and transnational sphere of Iran and Iranian diaspora.
A Mass Media Manager
Farid Haerinejad is a firm believer in the power of mass media helping marginalized groups. He has worked extensively in radio and television production working with various mass media corporations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) based in Toronto. His accomplishments has been acknowledged internationally by awards from highly prestigious authorities in the field of television and cinema including a nomination for the Gemini Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Silver World Medal Award from New York Film and Television Festivals and Justice Award from Cinema For Peace.
In addition, Farid Haerinejad has extensive experience in crisis management. He started his work as Editor in Chief of Radio Zamaneh* (RZ) at a very chaotic time for the organization in the summer of 2009 just two days before controversial Iranian Presidential Elections. While covering Iranian social, cultural and political issues and the unfolding events of the aftermath of the election results at RZ, his main task became to stabilize this media outlet which for years was trying to function under deep organizational crisis; an organization with both financial uncertainty and organizational disorder. Under the management of Ruth Kronenburg, the Director of Radio Zamaneh and Farid Haerinejad RZ becomes an stable and sustainable organization. New projects were initiated including developing and launching of E-learning program in the field of journalism to help citizen reporting as well as professional journalism. Soon after Radio Zamaneh transformed from a single product media organization into a multiple disciplinary organization with new source of funding.
In addition, Farid Haerinejad was able fundamentally refashioned the norms of Persian-language mass media outlets by establishing the first ever section dedicated to sexual minority groups at Radio Zamaneh. This was the first time in the history of Iranian media that such a platform was created. He also was able to invest in aspirations of women’s rights. While working at RZ many prominent Iranian women activists, writers and journalists were either regular contributors or guests on RZ.
In all that Farid Haerinejad achieved during his professional life through his management endeavours and experiences in mass media and film, he has always tried to implement multidisciplinary creative project to involve professionals in the field, young generation and minority groups in the processes of democracy building, to raise awareness about issues of rights among democracy advocates and to educate the general public on democratic aspirations, civil society building, freedom of speech and free press.
Farid Haerinejad is famous for his documentary films which cover some of the most controversial issues related to violations of rights. His most recent film, Women in Shroud, is an in-depth look into the stoning of women who are found guilty of adultery in Iran. The film demonstrates the efforts of women’s rights groups and campaigners who work day and night to put an end to these executions by demanding the abolishment of the associated laws in the Iranian Islamic Penal Code.
Women in Shroud was the recipient of the prestigious Sundance Institute Documentary Grant (2008). Cinema for Peace presented Farid Haerinejad with their Justice Award along with Mohammad Reza Kazemi for co-directing this film (Berlin, 2010).
On occasion of Human Rights Day in 2009, Women in Shroud was screened at the Senate of Canada for an audience of ambassadors, honourable justices, senators and members of the Parliament. Women in Shroud has since been screened in various foreign-office venues and embassies around the world helping raise much needed international awareness about the issue of stoning in Iran.
In line with his efforts of raising awareness about minority groups, in 2007, Farid Haerinejad directed and produced Out in Iran: Inside Iran’s Secret Gay World that premiered on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This film follows the lives of queer Iranians living in a country that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. The film reveals the challenges confronting ordinary gay Iranians, their aspirations for a better future and their correspondences with Canadian gay rights groups who are working to make a difference. In the following years Out in Iran became an unofficial credential for those Iranian LGBTQ individuals seeking asylum and was used extensively by activists to increase awareness and to fight for equal rights for Iranian queer people.
Farid Haerinejad also advocates issues concerning the lives of Iranians in exile in the diaspora. Bahman’s Journey (AKA Iran Journey)(2007), follows the story of an Iranian-Canadian who returns back home. For this short documentary Farid Haerinejad was presented with the Silver World Medal Award from 49th New York Film and Television Festivals.
One of Farid Haerinejad earlier works on Iran was the CBC documentary Bloggers War, the story of Iranian dissidents in the Canadian diaspora using internet as medium to express their thoughts freely. Bloggers War was awarded the Bronze Plaque at the 53rd Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
Earlier in his courier working with the CineNova Productions, Farid Haerinejad brought his fluency in the Russian language and his knowledge of former Soviet Union for the production of a series of documentaries that premiered on Discovery and History channels, including Raising the Kursk, Cuban Missile Crisis and K-19: Doomsday Submarine which deal with various aspects of Soviet Union’s militarism and the Cold War era.
While his documentaries have been used in university classrooms and obtained by libraries and human rights organizations, Farid Haerinejad himself, is also an educator and has presented lectures and been invited to participate in workshops on film studies, media studies, broadcasting and journalism with an over encompassing focus on issues of human rights in various educational institutions. Some of his lectures, courses, panel participations and workshops include: Producing Short Documentary Films, Relationship between Editors and Producers, Story-telling in Short Documentary, Journalism and Documentary Film Making, Documentaries in Post-Production all presented at the George Brown College (Toronto); Social Movements and Civil Society in the Middle East: Queer Movement in Iran and Iran and Freedom of Speech at University of Toronto; How Iranian Expatriates Fight for Freedom of Speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston).
Farid Haerinejad is fluent in Persian, English, Russian and Azeri/Turkish languages.
At the moment Farid Haerinejad is working on two upcoming feature documentary films on Iranian human rights issues. Details will be announced later.
Farid Haerinejad has worked extensively in radio and television production working with various mass media corporations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC. In addition he is an accomplished media mangmenr with considerable experience in crisis management.