Firecrackers Interview: Jasmin Mozaffari

“I don’t think writing strong female characters is all about making them tough and unbreakable, it’s about showing women in their full complexity — the dark side, the melancholy, the flaws. I still believe it’s hard for certain audiences to stomach the portrayal of women as fully realized human beings.”

Seana Stevenson
Mar 28 · 8 min read
MICHAELA KURIMSKY and KARENA EVANS in Firecrackers
Jasmin Mozaffari

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with filmmaking.

We interviewed you about the first Firecrackers film back in 2015. Can you talk about how the film evolved from your thesis project and what the process was like turning it into a feature length movie?

MICHAELA KURIMSKY and KARENA EVANS in Firecrackers

What was it like bringing the film back to TIFF in 2018?

This film features two strong, unapologetic, fully realized female characters. How did you balance their strengths with their sensitivities?

Firecrackers shields the viewers from some of the difficult subject matter, instead showing the aftermath. Why did you decide to frame the narrative this way?

MICHAELA KURIMSKY in Firecrackers

There are some stunning scenes that use sunsets or bright neon lights, why were these scenes important for you and what was it like filming them?

Can you tell us about some/all of the other amazing women who worked on this film?

Tell us about why you are a feminist and why it’s important to your filmmaking.

KARENA EVANS in Firecrackers

Who are your favourite women working in the film industry?

What’s the best advice about filmmaking you’ve ever received?

What are you working on now/next?

Finally, recommend one #MUFFApproved film for our blog readers!


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Creative Producer of the MUFF Society, Journalist, Photographer, Marketing and Social Media Manager. Based in Toronto.

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We are a community that celebrates women in film and TV. High five!