Navid Khonsari

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Navid Khonsari
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Navid Khonsari in 2014
Born 1970 (age 46–47)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[2]
Residence New York City, New York, United States[2]
Nationality Iranian–Canadian[2]
Citizenship Iran, Canada
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Vancouver Film School
Occupation CEO, Creator of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Employer Rockstar Games (2000–2006)[2]
Organization iNK Stories
Home town Tehran, Iran[3]
Spouse(s) Vassiliki Bessie Khonsari
Children 1 daughter[2]
Website Company Website

Navid Khonsari (Persian: نوید خونساری‎‎) (born 1970) is an Iranian–Canadian video game, film and graphic novel creator, writer, director and producer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Khonsari was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised in his homeland Iran until 10.[2] He left for Canada after the 1979 Revolution with his family.[2] He graduated from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Film School.


Khonsari broke onto the gaming scene with his work on Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne when he joined Rockstar Games in 2000.[2] His first short film was titled "Arcade Angels", which focused on video game burnouts who robbed a video rental store in an attempt to open an arcade. He wrote and produced The Contract, his first film with Billy Dee Williams.

During his 5 years at Rockstar Games Khonsari worked on Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Midnight Club II, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, The Warriors, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.[4]

In 2006, he left Rockstar Games and has since worked on a number of games including Alan Wake and Homefront.[2] He met his wife, Vassiliki, while directing the award-winning documentary Pindemonium. He co-founded iNK Stories and produced another documentary, "Pulling John", which premiered at South by Southwest. iNK Stories is presently completing a graphic novel titled Bedouin, and in 2016 launched 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.[5]



  1. ^ CNN
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j مصاحبه با هنرمندان: نوید خونساری [Interview with artists: Navid Khonsari] (in Persian). October 2009. 
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  4. ^ Wired
  5. ^ Smith, Adam (April 5, 2016). "Tales Of Tehran: 1979 Revolution – Black Friday Out Now". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 

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