Marina was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to Canada in 1991. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, has been published in 27 countries and has been an international bestseller. In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in October 2008, she received the prestigious Grizane Prize in Italy. In 2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran.