Born in Evin

Film still: Born in Evin© Siri Klug
Documentary, Human Interest, 2019, 100 min.,
Original title: Born in Evin
Language: OV Farsi, English, French, German with English subtitles
Director: Maryam Zaree
Screenplay: Maryam Zaree
Cinematography: Siri Klug
Producers: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski
Festivals: Berlinale 2019, Hot Docs Toronto 2019, Heartland 2019, IDFA Amsterdam 2019
Awards: Compass Perspektive Award Berlinale 2019, Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Feature Film 2019, Best Documentary German Film Award 2020

In her directing debut, German-Iranian actress Maryam Zaree confronts the circumstances of her birth inside one of the world’s most notorious prisons. Her parents, political opponents to Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini, spent years in prison, and then managed to find asylum in Germany. But they never talked about their persecution and imprisonment, so Zaree turns to other survivors of Evin, talks to experts, and searches for children born in the same prison. 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? – Alissa Simon

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