my wild heart. director/editor. 2019 Festival consideration.
MY WILD HEART is a documentary I directed with Producer and Co-Director Lily Vakili about the Iranian-American plant geneticist and sculptor, Nader Vakili.
MY WILD HEART is an artist love story about Nader Vakili and his persistent creative expression influenced by Persian poetry, by life as a young Iranian student seeking to leave an uncertain political future in 1948, by experiencing the frustrations and humiliations of prejudice in a long career in science, by involvement in the Vietnam war, and by watching the love of his life -- his wife, Mary Jane -- suffer with Alzheimer's.
Nader traveled the world for field research alongside his wife and six children while also carting around his six-ton-collection of tropical hardwood. Now at 91, with Mary Jane no longer living with Nader, he faces his own mortality, the towering wood pile, and the absence of his beloved. He picks up his hammer and chisel and continues to carve.
Stay tuned for the MY WILD HEART website and upcoming screenings.