Aswar Rahman

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Aswar Rahman
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2017 Mayoral Campaign Photo
BornDhaka, Bangladesh
🏡 ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
💼 Occupation
Filmmaker, UX Designer
🏛️ Political partyDemocratic Farmer-Labor

Aswar Rahman is an American filmmaker, UX designer, and 2017 Minneapolis mayoral candidate.[1][2] Rahman is the founder of Cineapolis[3][4] and its annual film festival, the Mespies.[5][6]

A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party,[7] Rahman ran for the mayoralty of the state's largest city, Minneapolis. He suspended his campaign on November 2, 2017, and subsequently endorsed Jacob Frey.[8]

Rahman's platform has emphasized the lowering of the municipal property tax rate.[9][10]

Mayoral Candidacy[edit]

In his 2017 candidacy for mayor, he focused his campaign on ending poverty and policing. He is an outspoken in his advocacy for small businesses, especially for immigrant communities.[11] He worked for the mayor's office for three years and focused his campaign on the details of his plans as mayor, especially the budget.[9]


Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor Role
2014 Dorja Yes Yes Yes Yes Bombardier Self-shot
2015 Mehdi+Priya Yes Yes Yes Yes Mehdi Hasan
2015 George: A Love Letter to a Cold City Yes Yes Yes Yes George
2016 Achilles Yes Yes Yes
2016 Salone Yes Yes Yes
2016 Best of India, Late at Night Yes Yes Yes
2017 Troika Yes Yes Yes
2017 Soirée Yes Yes Yes Walsh MSAB-Funded[12]


  1. "More Democrats line up to challenge Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges". Archived from the original on 2016-12-28.
  2. "State Rep. Raymond Dehn to run for mayor of Minneapolis". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. "Local Filmmaking Group Focuses On Independent Filmmakers". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  4. "About Minneapolis' Film Studio - Cineapolis - Host of the Mespies". Cineapolis. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  5. "Festival | Cineapolis". Cineapolis. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  6. "The Mespies". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  7. "Minneapolis DFL". Archived from the original on 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  8. Belz, Adam (November 2, 2017). "Aswar Rahman suspends campaign for Minneapolis mayor, endorses Jacob Frey". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "With an eye on the budget, young filmmaker joins mayor's race". Southwest Journal. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  11. "Small business owners would lose out under Minneapolis' $15 minimum wage". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-07-23.

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