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Associated Film:
Can I Hug You?

Elahe Esmaili


Director, Can I Hug You?

Elahe is an award-winning filmmaker. Her films, The Doll (Critics Choice Nominee, IDA Nominee, Student Academy Awards, Best International Short Hot Docs 2021), and Can I Hug You? (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2023, SIMA Awards Best Short 2024) have played at over 50 festivals or competitions and reflect her prowess in storytelling and women’s rights advocacy. Elahe’s projects have been supported by IDA and One World Media, awarded on forums such as DOK Leipzig Short-n-Sweet, and broadcasted/streamed via platforms such as NPO, VPRO, DW, and VG.