Dr Kaveh Abbasian is a filmmaker and Lecturer in Film and Media Practice at the University of Kent. After arriving in the UK in 2008 as a political refugee from Iran, he achieved his MA in Documentary Practices from the University of Roehampton in 2009, where in 2019 he also completed his practice-based PhD in Film and Television Studies.

Kaveh’s most recent feature-length film, Triumph (2021), is an essay documentary about the contrasting narratives of the contemporary history of Iran since the 1979 Revolution. Apart from his own feature-length and short films, Kaveh has worked on numerous other projects as editor or videographer. His works have been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Kaveh’s academic publications also focus on areas such as propaganda cinema, refugee filmmaking, and Kurdish cinema.

Kaveh has been the recipient of several awards including the prectigious Techne AHRC PhD Scholarship. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a former fellow of the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and the former director of programming for the London Kurdish Film Festival. He has also acted as the Jury President for the documentary category of the Global Kurdish Film Festival 2021.


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