|Director & Producer||Ryan Blake|
Jahangir Golestan-Parast is an award winning documentary film maker whose work is always looking into humanity’s love and compassion for one another and for the environment. He usually focuses on addressing the themes of transformation and healing. His feature documentaries have been screened at several universities across the United States, as well as Washington National Cathedral, and Iman Cultural Center in Los Angeles, United Nations Association film festival, and Peace Corps Iran Association. They have also been shown at cultural groups in a wide variety of settings, as well as nonprofit organizations.
Golestan-Parast’s primary concentration is social problems and social change. His passion is to document and reflect the passages that unite humanity together across the globe. He is the winner of the best documentary award at the NOOR Film Festival in Los Angeles, which is focused mainly on Iranian-American culture.
Jahangir was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran. He left the country at the age of 17, to study in the United Kingdom and France. He later moved to the United States in 1989 and is presently living in Southern California with his wife, daughter and son. Golestan-Parast is competent in all aspects of the production process from initial stages of researching and organizing the production to script writing, interviewing, camera and editing.
Jahangir’s documentary films include Homeless to Home owner (2010, 26 min,) a film about a Sacramento philanthropist who has established facilities for up to 650 homeless to receive the resources they need to become productive citizens. His other film titled From Ashes to Eden (2012, 38 min,) is a documentary that tells the inspiring story of a man who strove to revitalize a five acre hillside into a luscious garden in the heart of Los Angeles.
Jahangir’s most touching and delicate film is Bam 6.6 (2006, 55 min.) This feature documentary recounts the devastating earthquake in Southern Iran and how a nation weaves promise and hope into human tragedy. Bam 6.6 is a testament to the love and kindness of humanity regardless of where we live. Golestan-Parast has also made a travel documentary on his own hometown titled Isfahan: Pearl of Iran (xxxx, xx min,) which focuses on the artistic images and the people of the ancient city of Isfahan in Iran. He is presently working on the production of Jon & the Pahlavan, a semi-autobiography that focuses on Iranian national sports.
Ryan Blake is the co-producer/co-director behind John and the Pahlavan. Growing up as a wrestler in Illinois, Ryan continues to learn and explore the reach wrestling has on a global scale through film and video production. Working with several film producers across the country, Ryan sets out on his first feature length documentary pertaining to a subject that is close to home. When Ryan first met Jahangir it was at the 2015 Wrestling World Cup right after Team USA and Team Iran had wrestled, Jahangir’s genuine excitement and compassionate personality shined through and stood out to Ryan after the competition. Since then, this production on their documentary has taken Ryan and Jahangir across the US and four countries in effort to discover the history of the Persia and mythical Pahlavan.