Born in Evin

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    Born in Evin

    Directed by

    Germany, Austria


    98 min

    • French
    • English
    • German
    • Farsi


    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 in prison, managed to seek asylum in Germany. The family never talked 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.
    She meets other survivors, talks to experts and looks for the children born in the same prison. She tries to find answers to her personal and political questions. 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. The political is private and the private political. With this conviction, Maryam Zaree works through the complexities of trauma and denial.


    • Compass-Perspektive-Award - Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino


    Labels & Line Ups


    Maryam Zaree
    Siri Klug
    Dieter Pichler
    Maryam Zaree

    Maryam Zaree


    Born in Tehran, Iran in 1983. When she was two, her mother fled with her to Germany to escape political persecution. She grew up in Frankfurt and studied acting at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She played the leading role in Burhan Qurbani’s SHAHADA which screened in the 2010 Berlinale Competition. Since then, she has appeared in numerous cinema and TV films. In 2018, she received a Grimme Award for her performance in the series 4 BLOCKS. She won the Best Writer award at the Heidelberger Stückemarkt theatre festival for her play “Kluge Gefühle”. BORN IN EVIN is her debut feature film.