Born in Evin

A film by Maryam Zaree. In German, English, French and Farsi with German subtiitles.

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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?


DE/AU 2019, 95 Min.
Regie, Buch: Maryam Zaree
Kamera: Siri Klug
Schnitt: Dieter Pichler



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