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One filmmaker searches to uncover her family’s Iranian past. A deeply personal story excavating the formative memories of her grandmother, mother, and self, Joonam explores the evolving shape of girlhood and with it the tender and turbulent relationships between mother and daughter, Iran and America, and the immigrant experience as it ripples over time.

About The Team

Sierra Urich (Director) is an artist and filmmaker. With a background in traditional fine art, her work spans many mediums, integrating animation, installation, and video art into her films. She received her BFA in Illustration and Film/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. In 2017 she was awarded the Emerging Artist Scholarship as an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts, and a Sundance Nonfiction Directors Residency Fellow 2018. Urich’s mixed-media thesis short Through The Tubes, premiered at San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2014 and won Jury’s Choice 1st Prize at the Black Maria Film Festival. Urich works as a set dresser and editor, and keeps an active studio art practice.

Joonam is a Cinereach grantee.