Hiwa Aminnejad was born in 1973 in Baneh, Kurdistan Province of Iran from a Kurdish middle class family. He obtained a degree in film direction at the Association of Cinema for Youth in Tabriz.
Being kurdish and iranian, he is interested in the everyday life of the iranians kurds in the region where they live and where they face the contradictions of the traditions, the effects of the wars and the peculiarities of their situation as one ethnic group spread in several countries. He is part of a group of iranian directors contributing to the growth of the cinema inspired by kurdish traditions, landscapes and subjects.
His short films were presented in several festivals and obtained many awards. "Atesh e Kebrit" won the Best Picture award at "Esfahan International Film Festival for Youth". " "Hennabadan e dictator"(2005) and "Four Prayers for Kirkuk"(2007) were shot in Iraqi Kurdistan and selected for the London Kurdish films festivals. They examines the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in Kurdistan Iraq.