Rayka Zehtabchi is an Iranian-American film director based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut, MADARAN, is an Iranian language film that has screened worldwide at established film festivals, winning jury awards at Hollyshorts, NFFTY, 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 played the leading role of “Chiron” in last 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 developing her first feature film as well as entering the festival circuit with her documentary PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. about a group of village women in Northern India who start a sanitary pad business in an effort to improve feminine hygiene and de-stigmatize menstruation for all.