A graduate from USC School of Cinematic Arts, Ariana Delawari is an Afghan American filmmaker, musician, and activist. Her work usually incorporates all of these elements together. Delawari recorded her debut album Lion of Panjshir in Kabul working with Afghan elder, Ustads, and finished the album in Los Angeles with filmmaker David Lynch who produced a track and released the album on his record label. We Came Home, Delawari’s documentary feature film about the making of this album, her family story, and her documentation of Afghanistan since 9/11, won jury awards at Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Rajasthan International Film Festival, and Mexico International Film Festival, with a U.S. premiere at AFI FEST, an east coast premiere at AFI DOCS, and an extensive festival run. The film was acquired by TIME, Inc. and will be distributed soon digitally. Delawari recently released an award winning surreal docu-musical short film called Entelechy about climate change and dreams which she wrote and directed.
Delawari is also an activist. She gave a TEDx talk and performance at the inaugural TEDx Kabul, and also started a peace campaign in Afghanistan called Inspire Peace. Delawari co-wrote and performed a song for Jill Soloway’s TV show I Love Dick. Delawari is currently co-creating an app to feature organizations rebuilding Afghanistan called Afghanistan Connect with Fereshteh Forough C.E.O. of Code to Inspire in Afghanistan. The Afghan female students at Code to Inspire designed and developed the app under the guidance of their mentors. Delawari is an alumni of the Science Entertainment Exchange, an initiative created by the National Academy of Sciences to bridge filmmakers with the science world.