Ayat Najafi was Born in Tehran in 1976, and studied scenography. He established a youth theatre company in college in 1995 and participated in a number of different theatrical productions as an assistant director, author, actor, and set designer. Since 2000, he realized his own directorial work. In 2003, he established the Arta Atelier, focusing on an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to theater, as well as experimental short and documentary film. Ayat participated in “Shoot Goals, Shoot Movies” at Berlinale Talent Campus, 2005, with his short film, Move It (2004). “Football under Cover”, his 1st feature documentary, co-directed by David Assmann, premiered at the International Berlin Film Festival, 2008, has participated in several other festivals, winning several awards. (Including the Berlinale Teddy Award for best documentary film and Prix Europa IRIS Best Multicultural Television Programme, 2009)
He is a cultural-scientific alumnus of the University of Constance, Germany, where he presented his theater production, “Stories of Women with Mustaches and Men in Skirts”. (June 2009, writer and director) “Lady Tehran”, his second theater production in Germany with an international cast and crew, was performed in Berlin in 2009. Ayat Najafi works as a theater and film director, writer and set designer. He currently lives in Berlin and Tehran.