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Now that the film is finished, any further contributions will go toward putting together screenings and educational materials in hopes that America 1979 can act as a tool for community building and self-discovery.
In addition to this short film, we hope to create an online documentary archive consisting of short interviews with Iranians who lived in the U.S. during the time of the hostage crisis, to give voice to the Iranian community that lived through this charged time history that continues to inform how middle-eastern people are perceived and treated in America.
In addition to directing, Lila is the executive producer of Largesse Media, a boutique firm specializing in marketing and outreach for independent film. Previously, Lila worked in post production audio on over 40 films by directors such as Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, Mary Heron, and John Cameron Mitchell. In 2006, Lila received an Emmy Award for sound editing on the HBO documentary Baghdad ER.
Lila is a first generation American born into a working class immigrant family in the mid-seventies. America 1979 is her first work to address ethnicity. She insists that her worldview, sense of humor, and storytelling is informed by her mix of Iranian, Iraqi, Jewish & American culture.