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Born in Evin

Nomination 2022

Autorin :Maryam Zaree
Editorial:Burkhard Althoff (ZDF), Susanne Spellitz (ORF) 
Direction:Maryam Zaree
Producer:Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski (Tondowski Films)
Co-Producer:Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, Karin C. Berger (Golden Girl Films)

Further informations

Director Maryam Zaree was born in Iran’s most notorious prison. In Evin prison, Ayatollah Khomeini’s henchmen abused and killed political opponents, as those of the Shah’s regime had done before. The current government also uses the facility to imprison, torture and murder critics. After years behind bars, Maryam’s parents escaped and found a new home in Germany. The filmmaker tries to find out why the family never talked about the circumstances of her birth and what happened to children with a similar fate.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
Maryam Zaree tells her own story, which points far beyond her personal individual fate – to the larger contexts of flight, trauma and grief. This is both moving and illuminating. Alongside her own plight is a stubborn will to know and a powerful performance that breaks free of routine notions of what migration stories should look like.

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