By Anahita Ghazvinizadeh



After the loss of her family, Myriam has fled from her war-torn Middle Eastern home and is resettled in the American Midwest. SOJOURNER is a portrait of Myriam’s first winter as a refugee in an alien land.


Sara Hosseini Kolkou
Melinda Myers
Orion Orrico
Najibullah Habib
David Fetzer


Scriptwriter and director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Producer: Javad Safari

Co-Producer: Ignacio Manrique

Co-Producer: Ben Dulavitch

Music: Javad Safari

Director of Photography: Philip Rabalais

Director of Photography: Auden Lincoln Vogel

Edit: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Production Design: Ignacio Manrique, Gabriel Manrique

First Assistant Director: Benjamin Dulavitch

Sound: John Hennessey Baker

Director’s Biography

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh is an Iranian filmmaker based in the United States. She got her BA from the Art University of Tehran, and studied at Abbas Kiarostami’s workshops. In Iran, she directed the short film When the Kid was a Kid (2011) and co- wrote the feature Mourning (2011). Anahita got her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her thesis short film Needle (2013) won the Cinéfondation first prize at Cannes Film Festival from a jury presided by Jane Campion. Anahita’s feature debut They (2017) premiered at the official selection of Cannes Film Festival. She is a professor and the head of the Screenwriting program at the University of Iowa.


They – 2017 – Director and screenwriter.

Selected by Cannes Film Festival, BFI Flare, Chicago International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival.

What Remains (short film) – 2016 – Director and screenwriter.

Needle (short film) – 2013 – Director and screenwriter.

Selected by Cannes Film Festival (Winner 1st Prize Cinefondation Award), Chicago International Film Festival (Winner Silver Hugo), Melbourne International Film Festival, Criterion Channel, Dazed Digital.

When the Kid Was a Kid (short film) – 2011 – Director and screenwriter.

Selected by Slamdance Film Festival, Sardinia Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Festival of Iranian Cinema (Khaneh Cinema).

Mourning – 2011 – Screenwriter.

Selected by Busan International Film Festival, Deauville Asian Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.