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Director: Mary Ann Smothers Bruni

QuestForHonor_Bruni_ColorMs. Bruni’s first film depicting Kurdish women, Quest for Honor, debuted in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Photographs and writings from her 17 year documentation of Kurdish women appeared in her book Journey through Kurdistan as well as The Washington Post, WorldView and the International Herald-Tribune.

Director of Photography:  Dane Lawing

img_5060An early advocate of HD, Dane Lawing distinguished himself with his work in The Lost Cause, his film for Academy Award winner Jim Taylor, which was one of the first features shot with a Thomson Viper and won the Best Cinematography award at HDFest LA. Other films include Guest of Cindy Sherman, Thanksgiving, and King Leopold’s Ghost. Dane’s ability to capture the essence of both landscapes and people and  to work well in sometimes difficult environments were a great asset  in filming Quest for Honor.

Behzad Oliadonighi, Second Unit Director of Photography

img_0067Behzad Oliadonighi has worked on a variety of international feature films, commercials, and music videos. Behzad’s multicultural background plus his ability to be quick on his feet one minute and patiently render contemplative scenes the next added to the success of Quest for Honor.

First Assistant Director:  Mohammed Saddik Barzani

Mohammed Saddik Barzani

Raised and educated in Iran, Mohammed Saddik Barzan returned to Barzan in 1992 and has worked with the Kurdish government on development projects in Barzan ranging from organizing a business to keep women pursuing traditional weaving, to training men in agriculture in new methods, to rearranging Barzan’s school system along Montessori lines. He works with SB Productions as story advisor and assistant director.

Executive Producer: Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold

Sissy at Democ. Bar 83109A former chairman of The National Women’s Political Caucus, candidate for governor of Texas, President of Wells College, and Chair of The Rothko Chapel, Sissy writes lectures, and demonstrates for women’s and  human rights’ causes endlessly and with great ease and poise. Ms. Farenthold currently serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D. C.

Executive Producer: Philip Knox Key

pkkheadKey is an oil and gas investor and former software designer, keenly interested in documentaries. Noted for his mountain climbing, he is a former executive of the Texas Chapter of The Explorers Club.

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