Amir Naderi was born in Iran in 1946 in the Persian Gulf port of Abadan, a city built around the world’s largest oil refinery.
Orphaned at an early age and living the life of a street urchin, Naderi had to survive by selling ice, working as a shoeshine boy and recycling empty beer bottles.
In his early teens, Naderi left Abadan and travelled to Tehran where he managed to obtain work as a still photographer on movie sets – a job that he performed into his early twenties. He loved the cinema and quickly felt that it was where he belonged.
In 1970, Naderi directed his first feature film, ‘Khoda Hafez Rafigh’ (Goodbye Friend), and a year later completed his second feature, ‘Tangna’.
By the early 1990s, Amir Naderi moved to the United States. Since then, he has directed various feature films such as : ‘Manhattan By Numbers’ (1993), ‘Manhattan ABC’ (1997), ‘Marathon’ (2002) ‘Vegas’ (2008), ‘CUT’ (2011) and ‘MONTE’ (2016).
Amir Naderi has been the recipient of many awards and accolades from major film festivals around the world.
Filmography – Kanoon Productions
1985: The Runner / Davandeh │ Fiction – 94 min – 35mm – Colour
1974: Waiting / Entezar │ Fiction – 46 min – 35mm – Colour
1973: Harmonica / Saaz Dahani │ Fiction – 75 min – 35mm – Colour