Zal Batmanglij

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Zal Batmanglij
Zal Batmanglij by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Batmanglij at Wondercon 2012
Born 1980/1981 (age 33–34)[1]
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2011–present
Known for Sound of My Voice (2011)
The East (2013)

Zal Batmanglij (born 1980/1981) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the 2011 film Sound of My Voice and the 2013 film The East, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


Batmanglij was born in France[2] to Iranian parents. His mother, Najmieh Batmanglij, is a cookbook author; his father is a book publisher,[3] and his younger brother Rostam is a member of the band Vampire Weekend. Both brothers are gay.[1] Batmanglij grew up in Washington, D.C.[2] He studied anthropology and English at Georgetown University, graduating in 2002. There he met Mike Cahill in a philosophy class. They took a screenwriting course together and co-directed a short film that won the Georgetown Film Festival. Brit Marling saw the short film and asked if she could work with them.[4] Several years later, following Marling's graduation, the three friends moved to Los Angeles, California, where Batmanglij attended the American Film Institute Conservatory.[5] For his thesis film, he made a 35mm short called The Recordist (2007), which starred Marling.[6]


  • The Recordist, short film (2007) – writer, director
  • Sound of My Voice (2011) – writer, director
  • The East (2013) – writer, director


  1. ^ a b Baron, Zach (May 24, 2013). "A Trespasser Sneaks Up on Hollywood". The New York Times. Both brothers are gay, a realization that Mr. [Zal] Batmanglij said he found challenging and liberating... 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Kate Asche (October 17, 2012). "5 Things You Need to Know about Sound of My Voice". On Demand Weekly. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Baron, Zach (May 24, 2013). "‘The East' Is the New Film From Zal Batmanglij". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Chang, Kee (April 26, 2012). "Q&A with Zal Batmanglij". Anthem Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Staff (December 3, 2010). "Alumni Featured in Sundance Film Festival Competition". Georgetown University. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Feldman, Dana (April 24, 2012). "Interviews with Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and Christopher Denham of 'Sound of My Voice'". Beatweek Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 

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