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SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF Director & ScreenwriterAged only 8, the daughter of film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf already acted in her father's film The Cyclist. Between 1994 and 1997, she studied film at a private college, and made two shorts: Desert and Painting Schools (a documentary).
In 1997, she worked as an assistant to the director on Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The Silence and directed her first feature film The Apple (Cannes Festival 1998 - Un Certain Regard) which was awarded numerous prizes at international festivals.
In 2000, she directed Blackboards (Cannes Festival 2000 - Official Competition), which won the Special Jury Prize.
She was one of eleven directors to contribute a short film to 11'09''01 - SEPTEMBER 11, which screened in Competition at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.