Dr Kaveh Abbasian is a scholar, filmmaker, and Lecturer in Film and Media Practice at the University of Kent. After arriving in the UK in 2008 as a political refugee from Iran, he achieved his MA in Documentary Practices from the University of Roehampton in 2009. It was at the same institution, where in 2019 he completed his practice-based PhD in Film and Television Studies on a project titled Chronicle of Triumph: Iranian National Identity and Revolutionary Shi'ism in Morteza Avini's Sacred Defence Documentaries. Kaveh has received multiple awards for his academic achievements; Some of these are the University of Roehampton MA Scholarship, Techne AHRC PhD Scholarship, and the AHRC International Placement Scheme award (IPS) the last of which resulted in a fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Prior to his appointment at the University of Kent, he worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton and as an associate lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London.
Kaveh is a practising filmmaker with a focus on documentaries and essay films. His most recent feature-length film, Triumph (2022), is an essay documentary about the contrasting narratives of the contemporary history of Iran since the 1979 Revolution. Apart from his own films, he has worked on numerous other projects as cinematographer and editor. His works have been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions worldwide, such as the Venice Biennale, Havana International Film Festival, London East End Film Festival, and FIGRA International Film Festival, and at venues such as London's Frontline Club and Paris' Cinéma La Clef. He is a founding member of the Association of Iranian Film and Theatre Artists Abroad and the former director of programming for the London Kurdish Film Festival (2019-2020). He has also acted as the Jury President for the documentary category of the Global Kurdish Film Festival 2021.