Ariana Delawari is an Afghan American filmmaker, musician, and activist. Delawari recorded her debut album Lion of Panjshir in Kabul working with Afghan elder Ustads and her American bandmates. She finished the album with filmmaker David Lynch producing a track and releasing the album on his label. Delawari directed an award winning documentary feature film about the making of this album, her family story, and her documentation of Afghanistan since 9/11. The film is called We Came Home, was acquired by TIME, Inc., and will be released soon digitally. Delawari recently released a double album called Entelechy I & II, and an accompanying surreal docu-musical short film by the same name (Entelechy) which she wrote and directed. One version of the new album, Entelechy I, is an experimental pop journey produced by electronic producer and DJ Butchy Fuego, and the other version, Entelechy II, is a stripped down acoustic version of the same songs featuring Afghan tabla virtuoso Salar Nader. Delawari is also an activist. She gave a TEDx talk and performance at the inaugural TEDx Kabul, and also started a peace campaign in Afghanistan called Inspire Peace. Most recently, Delawari co-wrote and performed on a song for Jill Soloway's tv show I Love Dick. She is currently co-creating an app with Fereshteh Forough C.E.O. of Code to Inspire in Afghanistan. The app is called Afghanistan Connect and provides information about organizations that are rebuilding Afghanistan. The Afghan female students at Code to Inspire designed and developed the app under the guidance of their mentors.
A haunting experimental, docu-musical about a woman who is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within the dream state she works to shift her dream to a vision of love, and in doing so succeeds in shifting the universal dream as well.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to a loving family that had never forgotten its Afghan roots, Ariana’s life is turned upside down after 9/11. When her parents move back to Kabul to help with reconstruction, Delawari spends a decade documenting their transition and her own awakening, through music, to her Afghan heritage.