Rayka Zehtabchi is a female Iranian-American film director based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut, Madaran, has screened worldwide at established film festivals, winning awards at Hollyshorts, NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), Urbanworld, Cleveland International, and Revolt Film Festival. Madaran qualified for the 89th Academy Awards in September of 2016.
Rayka’s senior thesis film at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, We Home, stars rising talent Ashton Sanders, who plays the leading role of “Chiron” in this year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight, and Lonnie Chavis from NBC’s This Is Us. Rayka graduated from USC in August 2016 with a degree in Film Production.
Rayka is currently producing and directing a documentary on menstrual hygiene for Girls Learn International and The Feminist Majority Foundation.