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Taghi Amirani

Taghi AmiraniTaghi Amirani is a documentary fimmaker and TED Senior Fellow 2010.

Taghi Amirani read physics at Nottingham University where for his final year project instead of doing something in the lab he made Shades of Black, a documentary about an imaginary journey into a black hole. While completing a postgraduate film and TV course at University of Bristol, he made Mechanics of Love, a low-budget B&W silent comedy. This charming but somewhat over ambitious homage to Buster Keaton via Woody Allen landed him his first job at Thames TV as a researcher working on educational design and technology documentaries.

In 1989 he made his debut as a producer director with Earth Calling Basingstoke, a warm quirky look at the extraterrestrial lives of English amateur astronomers. Basingstoke, made for Channel 4′s flagship science series Equinox, was received with critical acclaim and launched Taghi as a director. He has since made 36 films, two fiction shorts, and a handful of commercials.

Taghi has been a jury member at the International Emmys, Royal Television Society, One World Media Awards and Sheffield International Documentary Festival where he’s also a member of the Advisory Committee. In 2006 he ran the New York Marathon and raised $10,000 for the homelessness charity Shelter. In 2009 he was awarded a TED Fellowship followed by a TED Senior Fellowship in 2010. He ran the New York Marathon again in 2011.

Taghi lives in London and recently had his bicycle stolen.