Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of 16 and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to being executed.
Marina came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada in 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller.
In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. She was the recipient of the Morris Abram Human Rights Award from UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014. In 2008-2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto's Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published in 2010.
Marina regularly speaks at high schools, universities and conferences around the world and sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and on advisory boards for Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture and PEN Canada.
Marina has a certificate in creative writing from the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto, where she currently teaches memoir writing. In addition, she occasionally writes book reviews and opinion pieces for the Globe and Mail, and is a regular contributor to the Oslo Freedom Forum.
In the video below, CRRF Director Anita Bromberg interviews Marina Nemat about her book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed.