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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.
Genre Politics, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Maryam Zaree
Producers Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski
Co-Producers Karin C. Berger, Arash T. Riahi
Production Company Tondowski Films, in co-production with Golden Girls
Runtime 100 min
 Farsi, English, French, German
Festivals Berlinale 2019, IFFF Dortmund Cologne 2019, Hot Docs Toronto 2019, New Directors New Films Festival 2019, Duhok IFF 2019, International Human Rights Film Festival Albania 2019, Heartland Film Festival 2019, Dokfst Kassel, IDFA 2019
Awards Compass-Perspektive-Award Berlinale 2019, Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Feature Film 2019, Best Documentary Fünf Seen FF 2019, German Film Award 2020 (Best Documentary)