Ghaffari was born in Iran and left the country months before the uprising began. She joined the St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s community in elementary school and graduated in 1989. She currently lives in New York City and is a filmmaker and writer whose work has appeared in the Tribeca Film Festival.
Ghafarri’s collaborative fiction with artist Shirin Neshat was featured in Reflections on Islamic Art (Bloomsbury/Qatar). Her documentary, The Troupe, featured Tony Kushner; the film received funding from the Ford Foundation and Lincoln Center. Ghaffari’s most recent feature-length screenplay, The Inheritors, was commissioned by producer/costume designer Patricia Field. To Keep the Sun Alive is her first novel.