Nessa Aref

Nessa Aref

Dunya Media
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Story Analyst

Vancouver, Canada

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February 2021
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About Nessa

Nessa is a Canadian-Iranian writer, director and producer based in the unceeded
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, (Vancouver, Canada). She is a graduate
of University of British Columbia with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Political
Science. She grew up in a loud, multi-lingual family.

After showrunning two origional webseries boasting 3million + views and 15k+ subscribers,
Nessa co-produced her first feature film, Freaks (2018), which premiered at TIFF and can
now be found streaming on Netflix. She later directed and co-wrote The Mirror (2019) as
part of Crazy8s 2019 festival, which is now streaming free on Alter. Her second short film
Decomposing (2021) is currently touring the festival circuit. She has served as associate
producer, writer and sometimes even director for the Al-Jazeera podcast series, Hindsight
(2020 - 2021), narrated by Charles Dance.

More recently, she has developed Story Therapy, a new one-on-one program at Dunya
Media, that reimagines the script development process for BIPOC writers, taking a holistic
approach to story and script editing that also takes development of the human writer into
account, aiming to fix a lot of gaps in the professional development pipeline.

Her work focuses on identity, loneliness and found families. She is currently developing Bad
Persians, a very personal comedy series about the Iranian diaspora, as well as adapting
her Crazy8s horror short The Mirror, into a feature film. Most recently, she co-directed her
first music video, Servant of the Outer Dark for Thirteen Goats, which will premiere in July


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