Notwithstanding the fact that Sheherazad Media International’s main undertaking is in the field of distributing features, documentaries and short films. A further one of its primary goals since its establishment has been to also successfully co-produce with other countries. This scheme has and can continue to be conducted through foreign funds for producing documentaries or by local producers on projects about Iran. In recent years SMI has been very active in the field of production, becoming a reliable company for most directors who wish to make features or documentaries in Iran; for example Arte Channel (France-Germany), Artline Film (France), Nologo-Factory (France), Marathon (France), Bonanza Films (Netherlands), Oak 3 Films (Singapore) and Les Film d’Ici (France). SMI is the local producer of “Ali in Wonderland” which is a feature directed and produced by Tina Gharavi in 2010.
The following is a list of some of SMI’s most important Co-Productions:
"Break of Dawn" by Berit Madsen and Mona Rafatzadeh
“Break of Dawn” is a documentary about Sepideh, a 17 year old girl from a small town called Sa’dat Shahr near Shiraz of Iran, who is genious and has been successful in the field of Astrology. Because of her achievements, Sa'dat Shahr, has taken a new perspective.
"Speed Queen” by Mehrdad Oskouei
"Persian Dogs” by Mehrdad Oskouei
“Persian Dogs” is about homeless dogs in Iran that because of religion, tradition or cultural reasons; not only they are not being taken care of by governmental or private centers but they are being abused by some ignorant people who are cruel to them by throwing stones and having them killed by officials and hunters who have been ordered by the government. Having this said there are also people who feel and think differently. For the first time in Iran a small non-governmental organization (NGO), in less than 4 years, has been able to save a large number of dogs (about 200 ) in danger of extinction, and making available for adaption.
"Extinct Cheetahs" by David Jankowski
“Extinct Cheetahs” produced by Federic Lepage/ FL concepts in association with Nologo-Factory, Marathon and Oak 3 Films for France 5. This film is a series of 6 episodes (52 minutes each) called “Extinction” which focuses on the necessity to protect endangered species. One of the species focused on is the cheetah with the most successful country in preventing its extinction being Iran. Director and Photographer of this episode; David Jankowski and Executive Producer, Guillaume Bernard came to Iran in March 2010 where they filmed in Miandasht, Sarigol and the National Park of Kavir. This episode was a genuine co-production with the help of the Iran Department of Environment (DOE) and CIS. SMI, represented by Katayoon Shahabi was the Iranian Producer in conjunction with Bahman Ardalan, Sound Recorder, Sepehr Mikailian, Executive Producer as the Iranian crew. The shoot was very successful with the Producer allocating 10 minutes of the total time to the Iranian cheetahs. This project is currently in post- production.
"Daughters of Malakeh" by Mariette Homoet
“Daughters of Malakeh” is a feature length documentary by Mariette Homoet and produced by Bonanza Films. It is about the intense longing of two sisters who want to give shape to their own lives and the dilemmas this produces in Iran’s present day society. “Daughters of Malakeh” is in post-production now.
"Iranian Day" by Manon Loizeau
“Iranian Day” is 10 modules each being approximately 3 mins for Arte. It was broadcast in between programs on the occasion of the Iranian National Day on 11th February 2009, with each one being a portion of the life of Iranians.
"Iran, A Powerhouse Unveiled" by Jean-Michel Vecchiet
“Iran, A Powerhouse Unveiled” is a 90-minute documentary produced by Artline Films, for Arte, RTBF, Yle, and Swiss Television. Jean-Michel Vecchiet is its director and Jean–Francois Colissimo writer and Researcher. For the first time ever, this film looks back over 100 years of Iranian history to the veritable wellsprings of the confrontation between Iran and the western powers. From 1908 to 2008, from the discovery of oil reserves to the nuclear crisis, we present a spectacular voyage to the heart of a country, a people, its high points and lowlife, its splendor and misery, its submissiveness and revolts; a colorful fresco focusing on real-life stories, unveiling archive images and authentic documents, and giving eyewitnesses – Iranian men and women – a chance to speak; a crisscrossing gaze, free of both prejudice and compromise: how they see us, how we see them. The film will also explore Shiism, a unique equation between the spiritual and the temporal, a vector of national identity, and the mystique of resistance and martyrdom. This film is a narrative with a plot. To tell the story of Iran, it focuses on the duel that, since 1908, has pitted Teheran against, first London, then Washington. This duel is more than just a ghost haunting the Iranian conscience. It summarizes the entire 20th century. It crops up in every major division of our era. It is at the heart of East/West, Occidental/ Oriental and even Northern hemisphere/Southern hemisphere relations. In telling the tale of Iran, it tells the tale of the world, of our history.
"Veil of Dreams" by Zaihirat Banu
“Veil of Dreams” is a 64-minute documentary based on the immense interest of Iranian women in football. These women who are members of the Iranian National Women Football Team have not allowed their veils to become an obstacle in succeeding in the international football arena. This film was produced in 2008 with the cooperation of the Singaporean Oak 3 Films as co-producer and Mrs. Zaihirat Banu as the filmmaker.
"Royal Mosque of Ispahan" by Richard Copans
“Royal Mosque of Ispahan” a 25 minute documentary was produced in 2007 with “Les Films d’Ici” directed and filmed by Richard Copans. This film depicts the architecture of the Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque) in Isfahan, one the most important and beautiful monuments of the world which is from the Safavid period . Royal Mosque of Ispahan was produced by Arte; the German-French TV channel, after its broadcast in Germany and France it was distributed all over the world on DVD in the name of the most important monuments in the world.