Aref Mohammadi is an acclaimed Journalist, filmmaker, film critic and TV producer within the Iranian communities outside Iran. He regularly provides editorials in Farsi print media. Aref Mohammadi has had more than 600 published articles, covering news of Canadian and multicultural film festivals and cultural events, as well as interviews with Iranian and international artists. Since 2001, he has interviewed prominent Canadian directors such as Atom Egoyan, actresses such as, Arsinee khanjian, festival directors such as Pears Handeling (TIFF), and Shane Smith (Canadian short film festival, Hot Docs), and radio hosts such as, Jian Ghomeshi (CBC Q show). Through his interviews, Aref Mohammadi has effectively introduced Canadian artists to the Iranian community, and vice versa
Aref’s formal education rages from literature to filmmaking to social work and reflect on his broad base of principles, interests and expertise. Aref holds a B.A. in Literature and a diploma in Community Social Service Work. He is also pursuing an M.F.A. in Documentary Media Studies Program at Ryerson University.
Aref Mohammadi has organized numerous film screening and lectures, in which he has invited experts on social issues such as, social workers and psychologists, to unfold and analyze various issues of the community, and explore them through relevant films. He also has written several articles on important socio-cultural issues of recent Iranian immigrants and the Iranian-Canadian community, namely addiction, and divorce. His latest documentary titled, A Survivor from Magadan, also, specifically attends to the socio-political issues and hardship that Iranian refugees and political activists faced in pre-revolutionary Iran. A Survivor from Magadan has received excellent reviews and comments from David Zimmer (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs), Dr. Reza Moridi (Minister of Research and Innovation), Howard Shore (Markham City Councillor), and Ted Opitz (the MP of Etobicoke) in 2013
Aref Mohammadi has been an enduring fixture in the diaspora as an exemplar of dedicated reporting and someone committed to the craft of film-making and analysis. On top of his community service, enhanced as it is by his background in social work, Mohammadi ultimately struck a chord in the community as an accomplished journalist, documentarian, interviewer and commentator. Though demure and affable, he has–in the true spirit of multiculturalism–bound Iranian and Canadian cultural life in a manner that will be felt for years to come.
Aref is the founder and CEO of the New Wave Artistic and Cultural Group since 2004. Through this outlet he has been able to facilitate regular workshops, seminars and ongoing conversations about cinema in Iran and worldwide. As well, celebrating renown veteran and contemporary artists by holding tributes has been a signature initiative for the organization.
Aref’s is the recipient of numerous accolades from various panels of governments, civic and community institutions such as:
Hon. Kathleen Wynne’s Volunteer Service Award (2017), ISAW( Iranian students association of waterloo), ISAUO (Iranian Student Association University of Ottawa) 2016, Ontario Volunteer Certificate by Ministry of Immigration and Culture (2015), National Ethnic Press & Media Council Award (2013) Recognized at City of Markham (2013), City of Richmond Hill (2012), Iranian & Canadian Intercultural Centre Center for community contributions (2011), Tirgan Festival (2012), Iranian Art & Culture Foundation (2011), ISAG (Iranian Students Association at University of Guelph(2008).