BAFTA Awards

Flaherty Documentary Award (TV) [Winner] (2000)


Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Black Pearl Award [Winner] (2010)

Best Documentary Feature

Pink Saris (2010)

AFI Fest

Documentary Award - Special Mention [Winner] (2000)


Gaea Girls (2000)

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

Audience Award [Winner] (2005)


Sisters in Law (2005)

Amnesty International - DOEN Award [Winner] (2002)


The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival

Best Documentary Award [Winner] (2019)

International Competition

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Berlin International Film Festival

Panorama Audience Award [Nominee] (2019)

Documentary Film
-Third Place

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming

Silver FIPA [Winner] (1999)

Reports and Social Issues

Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Brussels International Film Festival

Audience Award [Winner] (2019)

International Competition

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Grand Prix [Nominee] (2019)

Grand Prix du Festival

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

CableACE Awards

CableACE [Winner] (1994)

International Documentary Special

Hidden Faces (1990)

Camerimage

Award for Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking [Winner] (2014)


Cannes Film Festival

C.I.C.A.E. Award [Winner] (2005)


Sisters in Law (2005)

Chicago International Film Festival

Gold Hugo [Nominee] (2001)

Best Documentary

Runaway (2001)

Silver Hugo [Winner] (2000)

Best Documentary
Tied with Legacy (2000).

Gaea Girls (2000)

Silver Hugo [Winner] (1998)

Best Documentary

Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Silver Hugo [Winner] (1996)

Best Documentary Short

Shinjuku Boys (1995)

Silver Hugo [Winner] (1993)

Best Short Film

The Good Wife of Tokyo (1993)

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US

Cinema Eye Honors Award [Nominee] (2016)

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Dreamcatcher (2015)

Cinema Eye Honors Award [Nominee] (2010)

Outstanding Achievement in an International Feature Film

Rough Aunties (2008)

Cleveland International Film Festival

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award [Nominee] (2015)


Dreamcatcher (2015)

CPH:DOX

Amnesty Award [Winner] (2010)


Pink Saris (2010)

Dhaka International Film Festival

Women Film Maker's Section Award [Nominee] (2014)

Best Documentary Award

Salma (2013)

DOC NYC

Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize [Nominee] (2010)


Pink Saris (2010)

DocAviv Film Festival

Best International Film [Nominee] (2019)

The International Competition

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Emden International Film Festival

Award of the German Unions Association [Winner] (2003)


The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

European Film Awards

European Film Award [Nominee] (2003)

European Documentary

The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival

Costa Azul Award [Winner] (2004)


The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Gent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival

Canvas Prize [Winner] (2003)


The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Hawaii International Film Festival

Golden Maile Award [Winner] (2005)

Documentary Feature

Sisters in Law (2005)

Heartland International Film Festival

Crystal Heart Award [Winner] (2009)

Documentary Feature

Rough Aunties (2008)

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Humanitarian Award (Documentary) [Winner] (2011)

Outstanding Documentary

Pink Saris (2010)

Humanitarian Award (Documentary) [Nominee] (2011)

Best Documentary

Pink Saris (2010)

Humanitarian Award (Documentary) [Winner] (2003)

Outstanding Documentary

The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

International Documentary Association

IDA Award [Nominee] (2003)

Feature Documentaries

The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

International Film Festival ASTERFEST

ASTER Award [Winner] (2019)

Aster Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film & TV and Filmmaking

Jerusalem Film Festival

In Spirit for Freedom Award [Nominee] (2015)

Best Documentary

Dreamcatcher (2015)

Krakow Film Festival

Golden Horn - Special Mention [Winner] (2009)


Rough Aunties (2008)

L.A. Outfest

Grand Jury Award - Honorable Mention [Winner] (1996)

Outstanding Documentary Feature

Shinjuku Boys (1995)

Munich International Documentary Festival (DOK.fest)

Viktor Award [Nominee] (2015)

DOK.international

Dreamcatcher (2015)

News & Documentary Emmy Awards

Emmy [Nominee] (2005)

Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming

The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award [Nominee] (2011)


Pink Saris (2010)

Audience Award [Winner] (2007)


Sisters in Law (2005)

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award [Nominee] (2007)


Sisters in Law (2005)

San Francisco International Film Festival

Golden Spire [Winner] (1999)

Film & Video - Society and Culture-International

Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Social Justice Award [Winner] (2006)


Sisters in Law (2005)

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

Special Jury Award [Winner] (2010)


Pink Saris (2010)

Inspiration Award [Winner] (2010)


St. Louis International Film Festival

Interfaith Award [Winner] (2009)

Best Documentary

Rough Aunties (2008)

Stockholm Film Festival

Bronze Horse [Nominee] (2019)

Best Documentary

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Sundance Film Festival

Grand Jury Prize [Nominee] (2019)

World Cinema - Documentary

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Directing Award [Winner] (2015)

World Cinema - Documentary

"Fiercely compassionate and skillfully ... More

"Fiercely compassionate and skillfully constructed, this film is one of the best director-subject duets in cinema."


Dreamcatcher (2015)

Grand Jury Prize [Nominee] (2015)

World Cinema - Documentary

Dreamcatcher (2015)

Grand Jury Prize [Nominee] (2013)

World Cinema - Documentary

Salma (2013)

Grand Jury Prize [Winner] (2009)

World Cinema - Documentary

Rough Aunties (2008)

Transatlantyk Festival: Lodz

Kaleidoscope [Nominee] (2019)

Premiere Screenings

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

True/False Film Fest

True Vision Award [Winner] (2009)

Documentary

Rough Aunties (2008)

Valladolid International Film Festival

Tiempo de Historia Award [Nominee] (2019)

Best Documentary

Shooting the Mafia (2019)

Tiempo de Historia Award [Nominee] (2003)

Best Documentary

For its explicit, gripping condemnation of the ... More

For its explicit, gripping condemnation of the practice of female genital mutilation of young girls, abetted by deep-rooted cultural traditions.


The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

Adrienne Shelly Award [Winner] (2006)


Sisters in Law (2005)

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize [Nominee] (2015)


Dreamcatcher (2015)

Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize [Nominee] (2001)


Gaea Girls (2000)

FIPRESCI Prize [Winner] (1999)


Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize [Nominee] (1999)


Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

ZagrebDox

Big Stamp [Nominee] (2009)

International Competition

Rough Aunties (2008)

Big Stamp [Nominee] (2006)

International Competition

Sisters in Law (2005)