Azad Right performs at the Poetry of Resilience

by Daniel Haim

Venice born, Santa Monica raised spoken word & recording artist Azad Naficy (better known as Azad Right) performed his spoken word piece titled “Nostalgia: The Choir” alongside his father, Majid Naficy, a well-known Santa Monica based poet who performed his poem “Ah Los Angeles” at the reception following the world premiere of “Poetry of Resilience”. Majid Naficy was one of six poets from around the world who were featured in the touching film which is now eligible to be in the running for an Oscar after being part of the International Documentary Association‘s Docu Weeks 2011.

Azad Right and his song “Trapped Outside” were featured in the film which touches on how his father’s talent and love for writing has been passed down to his now 23 year old son, a recent graduate of UC Irvine and successful recording artist. Azad’s music can be heard and downloaded at and the film will be screening at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres until September 8th 2011.

“Poetry of Resilience”, is writer-director Katja Esson’s artful, engaging 40-minute short documenting a gathering of six poets from around the world who survived some of the worst political atrocities of the 20th Century: Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, the Iranian Revolution. By summoning the creative voice of poetry to tell stories of survival and witness, each reclaims humanity and dignity in the wake of some of history’s most dehumanizing circumstances. With grace and humor, the film explores language as an internal means of survival—for the poet and the readers of poems.