Film Screening
Born in Evin

The head of a young woman wearing a helmet, glasses and a rucksack is turned upside down in the photo. The background shows a clear blue sky.
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Berlinale Selection 2023

Pantheon Cinema

Documentary // 2019 // 95 minutes

Director and actor Maryam Zaree seeks to shed light on the circumstances of her own birth in Evin, one of Iran’s most notorious prisons for dissidents. Forty years ago, the Shah, and the Iranian monarchy with him, was overthrown. After gaining power, Ayatollah Khomeini, the new head of state and religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested and tortured, including the filmmaker’s parents. The family, that was later able to flee to Germany, has never discussed this period of their lives in detail. After years of hesitation, Maryam Zaree finally decides to address the decades of silence: how did their trauma as a result of persecution and violence inscribe itself in the bodies and souls of the survivors and their children? How do survivors cope on a personal level with the fact that the perpetrators still enjoy positions of power with impunity? And what does it mean politically when one of the parties involved tries to cut through the dense undergrowth of repression that exists amongst the closest members of her family?

Premiered at the 69th Berlinale in the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019

Written and Directed by: Maryam Zaree
Cinematography: Siri Klug
Film Editing: Dieter Pichler
Production: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski


Berlinale 2019:


Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2019:
Awarded the Documentary Film Prize (Maryam Zaree)


Hessischer Filmpreis 2019:
Newcomer Prize (Maryam Zaree)


Deutscher Filmpreis 2020:
Best Documentary Film (Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski)


German Acting Award 2020:
German Fairness Award


Pantheon Cinema

29, Diagoras Street
1097 Nicosia

Language: German, English, French, Farsi with English subtitles
Price: Admission free

+357 22 674606
Part of series Berlinale Selection 2023