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Jila Nikpay’s Film “Objects of Love” to Premiere in December

December 17, 2020

A film written and directed by Jila Nikpay, Media Arts Instructor, will be premiering on ShortsTV on December 26, 2020. The film, Objects of Love (2020), is about 20-year-old feisty Roya floating between her demanding immigrant father and old-world grandmother. When against their wishes, she reunites with her estranged mother, she has to rethink her affinities. “The inspiration comes from my own mixed-race family, where negotiating opposing cultural values is an on-going event. The story is about an immigrant grandmother and her bicultural granddaughter and their tangled relationship. With this film, I wanted to explore an expression of love that is both tribal and individualistic,” said Nikpay.

Objects of Love will be premiering on ShortsTV on December 26, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central. Additional showings are scheduled for January 8, 13, 17, 26, and February 4, 8. ShortsTV is available in the US on the following platforms: DirecTV CH 573, AT&T U-Verse CH 1789, US Sonet CH 292, Century Link CH 1789, Frontier CH 1789, Google Fiber CH 603. To watch the film, check the programming on the ShortsTV site close to the broadcast date.



Jila Nikpay joined the Perpich faculty in 2020. Nikpay is a writer and director who explores the theme of migration and cultural identity in her work through fiction, documentary, and experimental genres. Her work has received multiple awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota States Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation.

Her films include Objects of Love (2020), Soliloquy (2019), Dreaming with Lola (2016), Happy Republic (2015), Divided (2014), Ways of Becoming (2013), Hour of the Dark (2011), In Waiting (2008), Labyrinth (2007), Rhythm of Tides (2007), Keepers of the Garden (2004), Shroud and Torrent (2003). The films have been screened at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Tehran’s House of Artists, and broadcast on Public Television and ShortsTV channel.

Jila Nikpay has served as a member of the selection committee for the Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and as a juror for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Italian Film Festival. She holds an MFA in film and taught film courses at various universities and film collectives. To see her work visit: