Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi is an Iranian writer, film producer and human rights activist.
Zand-Bonazzi was born in Tehran in 1961 to journalist parents. She attended the American University of Paris as well as at the IDHEC, the Institute for the Advanced Cinematographic Studies. In 1982 she went to the United States and continued studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She studied film and art history as well as linguistics and semiotics.
In 1993, Banafsheh returned to the world of TV production, as a freelance line producer of documentary films.
In 2001 her father, Siamak Pourzand, became a political prisoner in Iran. He committed suicide in 2011, in what Zand-Bonazzi said was a protest against the government.
Banafsheh regularly writes for The National Review, Defense & Foreign Affairs and Front Page Magazine. She is a regular commentator on Iranian politics on the John Batchelor Show and has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Voice of America TV, and Fox TV with Eric Shawn.
Banafsheh is also the editor of the English department of the website Iran Press News. She also edits Iranian news service Planet-Iran.com.