Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani Directs ‘Amnesty’ for Netflix

BY Felix van Kann, February 22, 2021

Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani (CC '96) is set to write, direct and produce the feature film Amnesty based on the novel by Aravind Adiga (CC '97) for Netflix. It’s Bahrani’s second time adapting a novel by the Man Booker Prize winning author after recently having collaborated together on Bahrani’s newest film, The White Tiger


Amnesty is set in Australia and follows an illegal immigrant who cleans houses who realizes he has information about the sudden murder of one of his employers. Over the course of one tense summer day, Danny plays a cat-and-mouse game with the man he suspects to be the murderer. But if he speaks up, he will be deported. He is in a moral crisis—what are the obligations of a man who has no rights in this world?


The White Tiger, also written, directed and produced by Bahrani, was recently nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, longlisted for multiple BAFTA Awards and is now available to view on Netflix. Bahrani also recently produced the film Luzzu, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting. On February 23, Man Push Cart and Chop Shop, Bahrani’s first two features, will be issued by the Criterion Collection.

Ramin Bahrani is an award-winning Iranian American writer, director and producer. His films have premiered in Venice, Cannes, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. His feature films have won numerous awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize in London (Man Push Cart), FIPRESCI Prize in Venice (Goodbye Solo), the Grand Prize in Deauville (99 Homes), and a Golden Globe nomination for Michael Shannon (99 Homes). Bahrani’s television film, Fahrenheit 451, for HBO, starring Michael B. Jordan, was nominated for 5 Emmys, including Best TV Movie, and won him a PGA award for best television film. Bahrani served as producer of Alexandre Moratto’s Brazilian debut feature, Socrates, which has won over a dozen international prizes and garnered three 2019 Spirit Award nominations. Bahrani directed and executive produced the pilot of Treadstone from the Bourne Identity franchise for UCP.  Bahrani is producing Alexandre Moratto’s new film, 7 Slaves, starring Rodrigo Santoro and Christian Malheiros for Netflix, slated to premiere in 2021. His new feature film, The White Tiger, based on the Man Booker Prize winning novel was released on Netflix last month.