Kingorama is a website that presents the works on Shahnameh, created and produced by award-winning artist Hamid Rahmanian.   It all started with an idea to bring the little-knowns stories of Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) to the West.  Written by the Iranian poet Ferdowsi in the tenth century, Shahnameh weaves togethers Iran's ancient myths, epic stories and history into a great epic poem.  

Our goal is to present the tales of Shahnameh on a variety of platforms, so that it reaches a diverse audience across the globe. 

Our Team

Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow. His work centers on film and graphic arts. His work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. His narrative and documentary films have premiered at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and IDFA film festivals. He has won numerous international awards and his films have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Rahmanian undertook the immense task of illustrating and commissioning a new translation and adaptation of the tenth-century Persian epic poem Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, entitled SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS. This best-selling 600-page art book, which the Wall Street Journal lauded as a “masterpiece,” was published by the Quantuck Lane Press in 2013.  The 2nd Edition (2017) is currently published by Liveright Publishing.   His artwork from the book has been exhibited and purchased by several museums.  In 2014, Rahmanian shifted his focus to theater arts, working with shadows and digital media.  To date he has created three theater pieces: ZAHHAK THE LEGEND OF THE SERPENT KING (2014), MINA’S DREAM (2016, Commissioned by the Onassis Foundation) and FEATHERS OF FIRE (2016) which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music and is currently touring around the world.  In 2017, he released an immersive audiobook version of SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS, with an introduction by Frances Ford Coppola.  He recently completed a pop up book, entitled, ZAHAAK: THE LEGEND OF THE SERPENT KING, a beautifully designed and engineered book adapted from the Shahnameh, which Le Monde called "A tour de France of animated books." The book will be released in 2018 through Fantagraphics Books. Presently, Rahmanian has been commissioned by the Silk Road Ensemble to create a multimedia video animation for their upcoming project, HEROS, which will premiere in 2019.  Download Hamid's full biography.

Melissa Hibbard co-founded the production company Fictionville Studio with her partner, Hamid Rahmanian.  She produced BREAKING BREAD (2000), SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001) and SHAHRBANOO (2002).  In 2008, she produced and wrote THE GLASS HOUSE in association with the Sundance Channel, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Human Rights Award (OSCE, Docufest) and Best Feature Documentary (Dallas Video Fest).  In 2003, she co-established a non-profit organization – ARTEEAST – its mission statement to promote the arts and cultures of the Middle East and it’s worldwide diasporas in the United States; she was a board member and the ArteEast Online Director through 2007. In 2009, Melissa founded Fictionville Media; a documentary distribution service aimed at helping filmmakers self-distribute their own works. Recently she collaborated on an illustrated translation and adaptation of Persian mythology called SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS (2013) as the Editorial Director.

Our Collaborators

Simon Arizpe is a paper engineer based in New York City. in 2013 his pop-up work earned him an honorable mention from the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning inaugural Award of Excellence. Aside from his solo work, Simon is senior paper engineer at Robert Sabuda studio, where he has worked on New York Times best selling books: Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy, Dragons & Monsters, DC Comics Universe pop-up and The Little Mermaid as well as many other award winning titles. Simon is a founding member of The American Design Club.

Larry Reed is an internationally recognized theatre director and is one of the few American dalangs (³shadow master²) of traditional Balinese Wayang Kulit. The Founder/Artistic Director of ShadowLight Productions, Reed has pioneered contemporary shadow theater by integrating traditional shadow theater techniques with film, modern theatre and dance styles, which has become ShadowLight¹s hallmark aesthetic. Truly a multidisciplinary artist, Reed has also written, directed and produced films in the US and Mexico.  Shadow Master (1979), his unique ³dramatic documentary² on the family of a Balinese shadow artist, has been shown on PBS and Discovery Channel.  He also served as Assistant Director of National Theater of Costa Rica, and performed with Anna Halprin and her SF Dancers¹ Workshop in the 60¹s. Fluent in five languages, his articles and translation have been published in Asian Theatre Journal and Shattentheater (Germany) among others.  Reed has garnered numerous awards and honors, and was named one of Top 50 artists in the SF Bay Area by Metropolitan Magazine in 1995 and 1996.

Ahmad Sadri is professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals published by Oxford University Press and selected as the 1993 academic book of the year by Choice, the publication of American Library Association. He has written two books in Persian, Reviving the Concept of Civilizations and An Apocalypse Soon, and his published translations include Saddam City (from Arabic) and Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam (from Persian). He lives in Gurnee, Illinois.

Our Partners

Two Chairs Inc
Fictionville Studio
Banu Productions
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Quantuck Lane Press
Fantagraphics Books
Brooklyn Arts Council
Doris Duke Shangri La Residency Program
Honolulu Museum of Art
Canon USA
Neda Nobari Foundation