Attending her estranged father’s funeral, Nazanin is compelled to rebel against the ideals of what it means to be an Iranian woman, thus entering womanhood.

Taarof is a compelling story that sheds light on the struggles of one woman as she confronts the cultural, social, and self-imposed barriers that limit her potential as an ethnic female in today’s society. Growing up in London, Nazanin grapples with the expectations placed on her as an Iranian woman. But when she attends her estranged father’s funeral, Nazanin is compelled to confront her inner demons and fight against the ideals that have been imposed upon her.

This coming-of-age tale takes the viewer on a journey through the challenges and triumphs of self-discovery, as Nazanin breaks free from the shackles of tradition to find her own voice and pave her own path in life.


  • Media Composer


  • Alannah Olivia

Project Outcome

Being a music producer for the film ‘Taarof: A Verbal Dance’ was an incredible experience. The film is a powerful exploration of the complexities and contradictions of being an ethnic female in today’s society, and I felt honoured to be a part of it and as a women of Middle Eastern and British dual heritage, it speaks to me personally. It was a challenge to create a soundtrack that would capture the emotional depth of the story and complement the stunning visuals, but the end result was incredibly rewarding.

Seeing my music come to life in the context of the film was truly a magical experience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to such an important project.