My name is Afra Nariman and I am the author of this blog. I believe that knowing the writer is paramount to best understanding any sort of written material. So, let me tell you a little about myself.
I am from Los Angeles, California but studied philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. As a life long film enthusiast, philosophy has allowed me to further my passion for cinema and look at films in a completely new light; from a new perspective.
The wide array of film genres and styles that differ based on the different filmmakers, the time periods they were made and countries they are made in, means that every film is experienced differently, and as such, understood differently. The art of filmmaking is a form of entertainment, education, expression and at times, an artist’s own meditation on their own philosophical ideas.
Just as a reference, some of my favorite filmmakers are: Ingmar Bergman, Jim Jarmusch, Luis Buñuel, Abbas Kiarostami, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirô Ozu, Andrei Tarkovsky, Spike Lee, Agnès Varda, Alfred Hitchcock and Wong Kar-Wai, Wim Wenders, Hong Sang-Soo, Bong Joon Ho and Martin Scorsese, amongst many others! I know, that’s a lot! But I just love cinema, and through studying philosophy, I’ve developed the knack of watching films in a different way than I had before.
I am currently a student in Chapman University’s Masters Program for Film Studies, hoping to lead a career in studying film, as a film critic and perhaps a future educator as well. My approach to and interest in cinema has cultivated due to my exposure to both philosophy and film, and specifically how they have come together for me. This blog will include film reviews — some simple, some detailed — of some my favorite films. Hope you enjoy!