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off-centre. productions


video and animation production, journalism, street art and campaigns

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off-centre. productions


video and animation production, journalism, street art and campaigns

We produce factual and animation films, street art for social causes, multimedia campaigns, citizen journalism news sites and a range of other media projects. Our network stretches across the five continents – with a special focus on Iran and the Middle East as well as South Africa and communities of color in the United States.

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FILMS


award winning factual and animated films

FILMS


award winning factual and animated films

Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-Canadian documentary filmmaker, founded Off-Centre Productions in 2005 and has produced films for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel4, HBO, Discovery, Canal+ and NHK. Our productions have been featured in more than 50 international festivals. In November 2017, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam held a retrospective on Bahari’s work. Our films look at human rights, social issues and awareness-raising campaigns focusing on Iran, the Middle East and beyond.

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citizen journalism


grassroots reporting by citizen journalists in repressive environments

citizen journalism


grassroots reporting by citizen journalists in repressive environments

Shortly after its start in 2013 iranwire.com became one of the most trusted websites for hundreds of Iranian citizen journalists. The site publishes citizen journalists working inside a country with repressive censorship and media harassment. All citizen journalists use pseudonyms and other safe methods of communication to be protected from persecution. We cultivate and mentor these reporters, editing their work, and training them in reporting techniques, storytelling, production and other skills. Iranians inside the country get objective daily news, analysis and satire; the Iranian diaspora, and policy specialists in the West, get a rare authentic voice from inside Iran.

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STREET ART


murals and community work to raise awareness of human rights and social causes

STREET ART


murals and community work to raise awareness of human rights and social causes

We produce murals around the world to raise awareness of little-known or crucial human rights crises and other social causes. Each mural is then accompanied by a short film on social media. In the digital age, we believe that a combination of digital technology and analogue art can raise public awareness of social issues by providing a new way to tell stories. Our murals have become the hubs of filmmaking, social media campaigns, publicity and community outreach.

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campaigns


education Is Not A Crime + Journalism Is Not A Crime

campaigns


education Is Not A Crime + Journalism Is Not A Crime

Iranian Baha’is, the country’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for decades by their government and aren’t allowed to teach or study at universities. The Education Is Not A Crime campaign was endorsed by a number of Nobel Peace Prize laureates – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr Shirin Ebadi – and celebrities such as actors Mark Ruffalo and Rainn Wilson.

Journalism Is Not A Crime focuses on Iran’s treatment of journalists. Hundreds of journalists have been jailed and tortured, and hundreds more have been forced into exile by the government. Newspapers and websites are regularly closed down. Journalism Is Not A Crime documents these atrocities and provide legal and psychological help to jailed journalists and their families

Our campaigns raise public awareness of these issues and to help those inside Iran – using films, social media campaigns, street art and community outreach, support networks and many other tools.

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Special projects


websites, concerts and other live events

 

Special projects


websites, concerts and other live events

 

Off-Centre works to change the world through storytelling. When a story can’t be told through film, animation or an article, we find a different way to tell it.

In 2002, the Betty Nansen Theater in Denmark commissioned Off-Centre’s founder, Maziar Bahari, to re-interpret the classic Arabian Nights for the stage. The play was a great success and went on tour in the UK in 2004.

In 2005, Off-Centre organized Drumming for Heroes of Burundi, a tour that celebrated the Hutus and Tutsis who helped each other during the early 1990s Burundi genocide. The tour was taken to Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi in 2007.

More recently, our special projects have included concerts in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco as part of the Education Is Not A Crime project, an in-depth study of post-traumatic stress disorder among Iranian journalists, and series of multimedia projects exploring different human rights issues in Iran and beyond.

In 2016, we worked with the legendary Magnum photo agency to produce an unprecedented website for the Iranian-French photographer Abbas. The site, called Abbas and Revolution, offered an unrivalled look at Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.