Born In Evin (2019)

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 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.    

Original language: German, English, French, Farsi

Subtitle: English, German

Length: 96 min./ 52 min.

Cinema start (Germany): 17. October 2019

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Cast and Crew:

Director/ Script: Maryam Zaree Producers: Ira Tondowski, Alex Tondowski Co-Producers: Arash T. Riahi, Karin Berger, Sabine Gruber/ Golden Girls Filmproduction GmbH DoP: Siri Klug Editor: Dieter Pichler Sound Engineer: Michel Klöfkorn, Tom Schön, Sound Design: Rudolf Gottsberger

TV Channel:  ORF Film-/Fernseh-Abkommen, Susanne Spellitz and ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Burghard Althoff

Supported by: Hessen Film und Medien GmbH, BKM, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Österreichische Filmförderung and DFFF




German Film Award 2020 Section Documentary, 1st Prize "Kompass Perspektive Preis", Section Perspective German Cinema (Berlinale 2019), Documentary Price (Int. Fünf Seen Festival 2019), Newcomer Price (Hessischer Film- und Kinopreis 2019), Cineuropa Audience Award: Section Best Feature Film and special mention Best Documentary (FEST-New Directors New Films Festival 2019)