Author Archives: A. Darius Kamali

About A. Darius Kamali

My career bridges human rights advocacy and film/media. This background ranges from intelligence analysis and institutional development to documentary & feature film making. After founding Federal Data Services, a private sector legal research firm In the late 90's I joined the International Monitor Institute-a State Department supported NGO-as visual analyst. IMI acted as the visual evidence wing of ad hoc criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) & Rwanda (ICTR) as well as the subsequent trials for Saddam Hussein. We established a visual archive related to global hot spots, war-crimes & rimes against humanity. My human rights work also includes joint projects with the National Security Archives, Human Rights Watch & UNTV as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center/MOT. Following a stint as Lexicon Editor with the seminal artificial intelligence based search engine Oingo (Applied Semantics) I transitioned into the world of documentary film, producing a number of shows developed at Lorimar, Jaffe,​ Scott Free (Tony Scott), World of Wonder' and Weller-Grossman Productions. Many of these programs aired on major cable and Network distributors including History Channel/A&E, PBS, CBS, Trio Network & Channel 4 in the UK. In 2008, I produced my first feature, the Annie Award nominated IGOR (MGM/TWC) starring John Cusack and I co-executive produced the 'The Hero of Color City'​ (Magnolia Pictures, 2015) and the upcoming 'Bunyan & Babe' (2016). In 2013 I launched Gnosis Moving Pictures to producing a slate of live-action and animated features for global theatrical distribution independently and in partnership with Vinton Entertainment, Pigdog Productions and Toonz Media. In 2015 I launched techGnosis to develop iOS Augmented Reality apps for studios such as Twentieth Century Fox, Relativity & MGM . Separately, I am in the process of editing the manuscript for my first novel, a mytho-philosophical fantasy for children of all ages. Member; Producers Guild of America. Copyright 2018

WONDER WOMAN…the original Iranian Version

Known as “Amazons” by the ancient Greeks, these ancient Iranian (Scythian & Sarmatian) female warriors were typical from the 5th-9th century B.C.E. Numerous burial mounds of ancient North-Iranic warriors known as the Scythians (Saka in Persian) and their Sarmatian (or Ard-Alan) successors have yielded the remains of women warriors who were buried alongside their swords, shields and other war equipment. These burial mounds have been discovered from Iran through the Caucasus to the Iranic Scythian lands, now part of modern day Ukraine and Russia. (see map below)
Darius the Great regularly used contingents of his Scythian warriors (including women) in his campaign against the Greeks in Europe. While also having a hard time keeping them under control of the Empire. At one point, Darius’s armies chased his fellow Iranian (but rebellious) Scythian subjects deep into Ukraine and the Balkans before having to essentially give up an turn back. The Greeks didn’t have any more luck with these mounted, nomadic warriors either.

 

A. Darius Kamali