Sara Kazemimanesh

Sara Kazemimanesh is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Arts and a scholar/artist in Film at Ohio University. Her background is in literature, history, visual culture, and journalism. Sara’s PhD research focuses on women in expanded cinema and their initiation of a new discourse of body politics in contemporary Iran. Her areas of research include film theory and practice, experimental and underground movements in film, modern history, and postmodern theory.

Sara is an experimental filmmaker. Her short silent 16 mm film, Immunity Not Limitation, debuted in the 2019 Athens International Film + Video Festival.

As a writer and editor, Sara’s collaboration with photographer Newsha Tavakolian has resulted in three critically acclaimed projects: Listen (2011), Look (2013), and Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album (2015).


Or Not

15 May 2019 in Video Essay

Using lines from Judith Mayne, Kazemimanesh’s film offers a meditation on traditional narratives and their re-appropriation of the role of women.


Feeling inspired by MAI? Dedicated to intersectional gender politics in visual culture? Want to keep your feminist imagination on fire? MAI newsletter will help refresh your zeal for feminism with first-hand news on our new content. 

Subscribe below to stay up-to-date.

* We'll never share your email address with any third parties.


The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey