Film Screening Seven Winters in Tehran

A woman wearing a headscarf stands in front of the court with her palms open in front of her. In the background people are sitting in chairs in the courtroom. © Made in Germany

Sat, 03.02.2024

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Pantheon Cinema

Berlinale Selection 2024

Documentary // 2023 // 96 minutes

A testament to the unwavering spirit of women in Iran, Seven Winters in Tehran is an important investigative film, simultaneously intimate and political. A man tries to rape 19-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari and she stabs him in self-defense. She is arrested for murder and sentenced to death. In the years that follow she becomes a symbol of resistance and women’s rights.  Her mother and sisters resettled in Germany, where the interviews shown in the film were conducted.

The film is based on the book How to Become a Butterfly: the short, courageous life of my daughter Reyhaneh Jabbari by Shole Pakravan (mother of Reyhaneh Jabbari) and Steffi Niederzoll.

From the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2023

Written and Directed by: Steffi Niederzoll
Cinematography: Julia Daschner
Editing: Nicole Kortlüke
Music: Flemming Nordkrog
Sound Design: Andreas Hildebrandt
Sound: César Fernández Borrás
Cast: Reyhaneh Jabbari, Shole Pakravan, Fereydoon Jabbari, Shahrzad Jabbari, Sharare Jabbari, Parvaneh Hajilou, Mohammad Mostafaei, Samira Mokarrami, Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Stimme von Reyhaneh)


Compass Perspective Award and Peace Film Award – Berlinale 2023
F:act Award – CPH: DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival) 2023
Activist Documentary Award – Movies that Matter Festival, The Hague
Roman Brodman Prize for political documentary film
Special Prize of the 22nd Peace Prize of German Film – Die Brücke