Urban Media Fest

Lead Faculty: Laura Bier

Urban Media Fest aims to increase Atlanta’s access to compelling visual media, cultural performances, and culture producers from the Middle East, primarily, through an annual, virtual, themed film and performance festival and series of panel discussions around the United Nations sustainability goals.


  • 2023 - Women, Life and Freedom: New Political Imaginaries in Iran, (SDG #5: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment)
  • 2022 - Afghan Voices, (SDG #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)
  • 2021 - Gender and Sustainability in MENA and Women Change-Makers, (SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities)

Panel Discussions

Woman, Life, Freedom: Uprisings in IranWoman, Life, Freedom: Uprisings in Iran

A virtual panel discussing women's activism in Iran past and present. 

​​​​​​​Ayda Melika, Urban Media Institute

Negar Mottahedeh, Duke University

A. Marie Ranjbar, University of Colorado

ModeratorLaura Bier, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech