Filmmaker ZAL BATMANGLIJ (Directed by/ Written by) made his feature
directorial debut with the Sundance hit, SOUND OF MY VOICE, released by Fox Searchlight in
2012. The film earned Batmanglij a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Director, and
VARIETY named him one of their "Top 10 Directors to Watch" in 2012. The film was also
nominated for Indie Spirit Awards for Best First Feature, and Best Supporting Female for co-writer and producer Brit Marling. THE EAST marks Batmanglij's second feature film
collaboration with Marling.
Batmanglij grew up in Washington DC and studied anthropology
at Georgetown University. He was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute. He currently
resides in Los Angeles.
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