Crisis In Faith: Zoroastrians Today
Length: 67 minutes
What happens when the world's smallest and oldest faith seals itself off from change? Join a Zoroastrian filmmaker as she confronts the controversial issues facing her community today.
In the film, she tackles the subjects of conversion into the faith; dwindling numbers; (there are less than 200,000 Zoroastrians in the world today) and the treatment of Zoroastrians as a religious minority in Iran.
The film, shot in Boston, Bombay, Chicago, New York, Vancouver and many cities in Iran, includes voices of several Zoroastrians who represent both sides of the issues. This documentary was screened at Harvard University's Divinity School with a panel discussion. It was also featured on CNN.
In The Footsteps of our Forefathers
Length: 60 minutes
This film follows 35 Zoroastrians in the year 2000 as they search for the roots of their religion, Zoroastrianism, in Iran. Besides following the evolution in the thoughts of the eager, young travelers, the film allows the viewer a rare glimpse of Iran, a country that has shut itself from the United States for over 35 years. The film has been screened at Boston University, MIT and Berkeley and was incorporated into Berkeley's Middle Eastern Studies program. Clips of the film were also incorporated into a show about "Angels" produced by the History channel. Additionally, a segment of the film was featured on CNN (thanks unnamed high school friend who worked at CNN) .
About Tenaz (please don’t call her Tunisia, Tanzania or Tarzan :)
Tenaz was born in Calcutta, India and grew up in Delhi. The hospital that she was born in was burnt down by the Naxalites. Her grand-father ran in and rescued her (thanks Grandpa).
She moved to America in 1982, with her parents and siblings, and received a Bachelors degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.Tenaz worked in television production for eight years at ABC, MSNBC and CNBC.
She then switched gears/careers and has worked with victims of human trafficking and other federal crimes for the past fifteen years. Besides assisting brave, young women on their journeys to becoming strong, stable survivors — she has had the privilege of teaching NGOs and law enforcement personnel in Belize, Brazil, Botswana, Ecuador, Haiti, Hungary, Oman, and Thailand about the dynamics of victim-assistance in human trafficking investigations.
Tenaz loves to read, snorkel, write and envision/imagine world peace (thanks John Lennon). Her favorite ice-cream flavor is Haagen-Dazs’ dulce de leche.
She would like to end by letting you to know that Iran is a really beautiful country. You can check it out in her documentaries (so please let’s not let this administration start a war with them!).
New York Times
The Boston Globe
Harvard Divinity School
To purchase copies of either documentary, on DVD for individual or educational use or to organize a screening, please contact Tenaz Dubash at firstname.lastname@example.org.