Guest Day- Maz Jobrani and Ahmad Kiarostami

Today was filled with excitement and surprises! We had two guest speakers come to Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan: Maz Jobrani and Ahmad Kiarostami.

First, comedian and actor Maz Jobrani was given a huge welcome by the camp community. The campers chanted “Maz bayad berakhse” or “ماز باید برخسه” and he enthusiastically joined in on the fun! This chant is used throughout the days by campers, whether in the dining hall at mealtimes or at the dorms, to welcome people into the space.

Maz shared stories about his life and how he got to where he is in the entertainment business and comedy. He encouraged campers to pursue their passions and to “do what you love, find what you love.” He also discussed growing up as an Iranian American in the United States in the late 1970s and 1980s all with a sense of humor and jokes, as per his style.

In the afternoon, we had distinguished entrepreneur and artist Ahmad Kiarostami, son of prolific filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, give the camp community a presentation. He showed us two music videos he directed, two of his father’s early films, and also talked about his career path.

He introduced the camp to a music video activity where the campers had two hours to shoot and edit their final music videos. We debuted the campers’ videos at the end of the evening.

Music Video 1The night ended with another jam session where new and returning campers sharing their talents. Parsa Lajmiri started the session with a passionate piano piece. Omeed Soltaninassab sang a beautiful song from a musical called Chess and received a standing ovation. We also had a special santoor performance by Shervin Najafi.

The jam session transitioned into a dance party- the entire room was filled with campers and red shirts jumping up and down to Bandari music! The energy in the room was amazing! This day was definitely one for the memory books.


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