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Born in Evin© Tondowski Films GbR

Born in Evin

Director: Maryam Zaree | Cinematography: Siri Klug | Editor: Dieter Pichler | Sound: Michel Klofkörn and Tom Schön | Producers: Ira Tondowski, Alex Tondowski | Production Company: Tondowski Films GbR | ​Documentary, Germany, Austria 2019 | 98 min. | Original version with English subtitles

BORN IN EVIN follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world.
Exactly forty years have passed since the monarchy of the Shah of Iran was toppled and the Islamic Republic declared. In the 1980’s Ayatollah Khomeini, the so-called religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested, persecuted and murdered. Among them the filmmaker’s parents who, after years in prison, managed to seek asylum in Germany. The family never talked about their persecution and imprisonment.
Maryam Zaree faces the decades-long silence and explores her own questions about the place and the circumstances of her birth: How has the trauma and violence traumatized the survivors' and their children's bodies and souls? What are the personal consequences of persecution and violence when the same perpetrators remain in power while the victims internalize their stories? And what does it mean, politically, to face the silence within the family.


Born in Evin” raises the question of what sorts of narratives the generation of children can create in exile, how they position themselves and pass on history. In so doing, the film also creates parallels to the fates of today's refugees.

Laura Döing, DW, 13/02/2019



Film screening
21 November 2020, 7pm
Cinema Akil, Dubai
Entry fee: 52.5 AED

21 November 2020, 7pm

Cinema Akil