Born in Tehran, Iran, Sepideh Farsi moved to Paris in 1984 to study mathematics, but soon drifted towards cinema. After several years of photography, she started directing several short films, before shooting her first documentary, Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker (2000) which won several awards. Followed by Harat (2007) and Tehran Without Permission (2009) that both premiered in Locarno. Her first two features Dreams of Dust (2003) and The Gaze (2006) premiered in Rotterdam. She then directed The House Under the Water (2010), followed by Red Rose (2014), premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, followed by Despo, Labros, Spyridoula & Papandreou (2015), a vibrant portrait of contemporary Greece. Her last documentary 7 Veils (2017) won the French Competition’s Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film.