Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American writer, journalist and human rights activist who has worked in business, media, nonprofits and philanthropy. His graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise, has become a global multi-media phenomenon. The story of a mother and blogger’s search for Mehdi, a student who has vanished in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential elections, Zahra’s Paradise has made publishing history as a real-time online graphic novel that appears in fifteen languages. It has been covered by dozens of news outlets including the Economist, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, BBC, Jakarta Times and others.
Amir is the executive producer and co-director of DOGTOWN REDEMPTION, the Emmy-nominated story of shopping cart recyclers in West Oakland; a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty. Amir studied social and intellectual history at Tufts and Harvard.