Habib Yazdi


Habib Yazdi is an Iranian-American director and comedic writer molded by his upbringing in rural Texas, where his family's Persian traditions collided with a Southern Baptist community. Such collisions continued well into adulthood, on the urchin-strewn rocks off the coast of Senegal and the paved tarmac of LaGuardia Airport on Southwest Airlines Flight 345. Now Habib crafts stories about how cultural background shapes behavior and the shapes in which we emerge as we rise from the rubble. Yeehaw.

Habib is finalizing a PBS docuseries about comedians across the United States. His mockumentary, Boycott Band, addressing North Carolina’s House Bill 2, earned a D&AD Graphite Pencil and was shortlisted at the Cannes Lions festival. Another of his films, Somewhere in America #MIPSTERZ, sparked a viral debate on American Muslim identity and was exhibited at the DeYoung and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design museums. Habib has also collaborated with brands, like Starbucks, Nike, Converse and Ford, and was the digital series director for National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated show, Brain Games. His work has screened at film festivals around the world and garnered millions of views online.

Habib earned his MFA from NYU Tisch, where he received the Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award and Goldberg Play Prize. He recently participated in the writing lab, Mentorship Matters, and the Warner Bros. Discovery Access Directors Program.

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