Sahar Jahani

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Sahar Jahani
Nationality USA
Occupation screenwriter

Sahar Jahani is an American writer, known for working on several popular television series, including 13 Reasons Why, and Ramy.[1] In 2020 she was hired to write an adaptation of Uzma Jalaluddin's novel Ayesha at last for Pascal pictures.[2]

Educational career

Jahani graduated from film studies at the University of California at Irvine, in 2013.[1][3] In 2019, as a successful alumnus, she was invited to join a panel on the changing landscape of film/television creation and distribution at Zotfest, the school's student film festival.[4]

Film career

In February 2019 Jahani was a founding member of Muslim Women in Film & Television.[5]


Sahar Jahani's filmography
title role year notes
Grey Matter director 2017 Earned her the 2017 Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grant.[6]
Ramy screenwriter 2019 A comedy series about Muslim-Americans, broadcast on Hulu.[7]
13 Reasons Why screenwriter 2019 A series revolving around teens struggling with the surprising suicide of a peer.
Just One Night director 2019 A short film that premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival in 2019.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ramy and 13 Reasons Why". UCI School of Humanities. Archived from the original on 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "Currently, she is working on Netflix’s hit, “13 Reasons Why,” which is based on the bestselling novel of the same name." 
  2. "Noor Theatre Announces Heather Raffo, Sylvia Khoury, And Sahar Jahani As Part Of The Second Pop Collab COHORT". Broadway World. 2020-05-15. Archived from the original on 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "Sahar Jahani is a first generation Iranian-American writer/director raised in Los Angeles. She earned a BA in Film & Media Studies and Literary Journalism from UC Irvine and an MFA in Film and Television Screenwriting from Stephens College." 
  3. "UCI student film festival to celebrate 20th anniversary with special production June 3". University of California at Irvine News. 2019-05-29. Archived from the original on 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "Speakers will include Desha Dauchan, a filmmaker/writer and UCI assistant professor of teaching in film & media studies; cinematographer Allen E. Ho ’07; Sahar Jahani ’13, a writer/director who has worked on the Hulu show “Ramy”; film producer Ivan Williams, MBA ’96; and director/producer Roxy Shih ’10." 
  4. Lilly Nguyen (2019-06-01). "UC Irvine’s Zotfest student film festival returns for 20th year". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "Zotfest also will include a panel of industry professionals who graduated from or are associated with the Irvine campus, including Dauchan, cinematographer Allen Ho, writer and director Sahar Jahani, producer Ivan Williams and director and producer Roxy Shih." 
  5. Nisha Gopalan (2019-05-01). "Black Gay Brunch, Muslim Women in Film & TV and Hollywood’s New Push for Inclusive Networking". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2019-09-19. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "The Islamic-American group of 40 women formed in February, after taking a cue from BWB. Writers, editors, directors, cinematographers, producers and a Disney accountant populate the monthly brunches. Topics include boundary issues with men in the industry, as well as the disparity between opportunities for Muslim men (think Aziz Ansari, Ramy Youssef) and women. "We're happy for them," says writer-director and group co-organizer Sahar Jahani. "But would it be the same for a Muslim woman?"" 
  6. "Talent Guide: Sahar Jahani, Bio". Film Independent. 2018. Archived from the original on 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "She is also pursuing a masters in Film and Television Screenwriting at Stephens College, a program focused on increasing the voices and impact of women in television and film. Her first short film, Grey Matter, was awarded the 2017 Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grant." 
  7. Gazelle Emami (2019-04-19). "There’s Never Been a Show Like Ramy How a weird, personal, sexually complicated, and yes, Muslim-American comedy, made it to TV". Archived from the original on 2020-03-03. Retrieved 2020-05-17. "On days when the show films at the mosque, Jahani is on hand to help the costume department tie hijabs, sourced from Treasure Islam, a clothing store eight miles south on Atlantic Avenue’s Arab stretch in Brooklyn. “My one thing in life, if I could just die happy, would be making sure the hijabs in this show are not completely wack,” she laughs. This woman would wear it a little looser, instructs Jahani, whose own hijab is wrapped securely around her face. This one would be more modest; this one wouldn’t wear one at all." 
  8. Dino-Ray Ramos (2019-05-08). "Netflix’s ‘Good Sam’ To Make World Premiere At Bentonville Film Festival; ‘Blinded By The Light’ Added To Lineup". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-05-17.