Cyrus is a director, record producer and founder of Raw Music International, a documentary collective focused on underground music scenes around the world. He has produced films about music and culture in Iraq, Ukraine, Mongolia, Burma, Trinidad, Kenya, Cambodia, and Western Sahara.
“I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” a sci-fi/documentary film co-directed with the artist and musician Lonnie Holley premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and has screened at BAM CinemaFest and Philly’s BlackStar Festival among others.
He is the co-director of Oulaya’s Wedding (2017), an impressionistic account of a wedding in the Western Sahara. The film is a co-production with Sublime Frequencies, and has been screened in festivals, squats, and theaters across Europe and the US.
With Mississippi Records and Olvido Records, he has released a series of Kenyan guitar records spanning from independence ‘til present.
His commercial film, editing, and directing has been published by Wall Street Journal, Time, Spotify, Great Big Story, and others.
His work focuses on music, migration, and self-expression amidst upheaval. A research project in oral history and migration was supported by a Fulbright Grant in the Netherlands. He was raised in Iowa to Iranian parents and currently lives in Chicago.
Contact: cyrus AT rawmusicinternational dot com