Mahshad Torkan was born in Esfahan in 1978. She studied computer software engineering in Iran and Arts and Heritage Management at the London Metropolitan University. "Cul de Sac" marks the directional debut of Mahshad Torkan while she also plays a supportive role in this film. She is a member of National Union of Journalists and is also known as a human rights activist. She has performed as a presenter and worked as a co-producer in GEMTV (London). Her experience and expertise in social inclusion projects and the effect of the recent uprisings in Iran has led her to dedicate her recent works to the violation of human rights in Iran, and, in this case, homosexual asylum-seekers.