A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME

DIRECTOR: Sahra Mani   COUNTRY: Frankreich, Afghanistan   YEAR: 2018   LANGUAGE: Farsi   SUBTITLES: Englisch   RUNNING TIME: 80 min

SCREENING WITH Q&A WITH DIRECTOR SAHRA MANI

SYNOPSIS
A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME is an awe-inspiring vérité documentary that tells the story of a young Afghan woman’s brave fight to seek justice and protect her children after experiencing years of abuse at the hands of her father Khatera Golzad’s father physically and sexually abused her for more than thirteen years, and after several aborted pregnancies, she gave birth to a daughter and a son. Despite her many attempts to file charges, neither the Afghan police nor the legal system helped her. In 2014, she appeared on national television to publicly accuse her father, finally succeeding in bringing her case to court despite threats from male relatives and judges who labelled her a liar.
Shedding light on the broken Afghan judicial system and the women it seldom protects, A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME is the story of one woman’s battle against cultural, familial, and legal pressures as she embarks on a mission to set a positive example for her daughter and other girls like her.
In a country where the systematic abuse of girls is rarely discussed, Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani’s film is ultimately a story of bravery, love, hope and resilience.

Director’s Statement
Every woman in this country has a hundred owners. Fathers, brothers, uncles, neighbors. They all believe they have the right to speak on our behalf and make decisions for us. That’s why our stories are never heard, but buried with us.

WEBSITE
https://athousandgirlslike.me/

SAHRA MANI

Sahra Mani grew up as an Afghan refugee in Iran. She studied Documentary at the University of the Arts in London. She is founder of the Afghanistan Doc House and Anahat Vision and Films production company. In her work, she focuses on the political structures of her home country. Sahra Mani won the NIHRFF Audience Award 2019 with A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME.

Das Foto zeigt Regisseurin Sahra Mani aus Afghanistan

FILMOGRAPHY
Kaloo School (2012), Beyond The Burkha (2014), A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018)

SCRIPT: Sahra Mani PRODUCER: Sahra Mani   CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sahra Mani EDITOR: Giles Gardner

CONTACTS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Afghanistan Doc House   WORLD SALES: First Hand Films

HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA

DIRECTOR: Sahraa Karimi COUNTRY: Afghanistan YEAR: 2019 LANGUAGE: dari SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 86 min

SCREENING AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR SAHRAA KARIMI

SYNOPSIS
Three Afghan women from different social background, living in Kabul, are facing a big challenge in their lives. Hava, a traditional pregnant woman whom no one cares about, is living with her father and mother in law. Her only joy is talking to the baby in her belly. Maryam, an educated TV news reporter, is about to get a divorce from her unfaithful husband, but finds out she is pregnant. Ayesha, an 18-year old girl accepts to marry her cousin because she is pregnant from her boyfriend who disappears after hearing the news. Each of them has to solve her problem by herself for the first time.

SAHRAA KARIMI
Sahraa Karimi ist die einzige promovierte Filmwissenschaftlerin Afghanistans und Leiterin des Instituts Afghan Film. Sie wurde Born in 1985, Sahraa Karimi comes from the second generation of Afghan refugees in Iran. At the age of fifteen, she played as an actress in two Iranian films which brought her to study cinema in Slovakia and graduated with a PHD of directing. During these years, she has made more than 30 short fictions and documentaries, some of which won numerous awards in international film festivals.
After 10 years of making many shorts and documentaries, she returned to Kabul. She made two documentaries there which were successful internationally and were broadcasted through ARTE France and BBC. “Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” is her first feature film which was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2019.

Sahraa Karimi

FILMOGRAPHY
Searching For a Dream (2004), Chris: Paulina (2007), Simona (2007), Light Breeze, Memoirs from the Diary of an Emigrant (2009), Afghan Women Behind the Wheel (2010), Parlika: A Woman in the Land of Men (2016), Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019)

SCRIPT: Sahraa Karimi, Sami Hasib Nabizada PRODUCERS: Katayoon Shahabi, Sahraa Karimi CINEMATOGRAHPY: Behrouz Badrouj EDITOR: Mastaneh Mohajer WITH: Hasiba Ebrahimi, Fereshta Afshar, Arezoo Ariapoor

CONTACTS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Noori Pictures (Katysh.01@gmail.com) WORLD SALES: Noori Pictures (Katysh.01@gmail.com)

Souad

Souad

DIRECTED BY: Ayten Amin COUNTRY: Egypt, Tunisia, Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 96 min

SECTION: International Forum

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Zagazig, a small city on the Nile Delta in Egypt. Today. Souad, 19-year-old young woman, leads a double life. While remaining conservative and veiled among her family and society, Souad is obsessed with her image on social media, and goes in several secret virtual relationships with men. She constantly lies about her personal life, projecting wishfully images of a different desired life. Her ambitions are slowly crushed by the invasion of her true reality. A series of small incidents lead to a tragic event, that makes Rabab, her 13-year-old little sister, embarks on a real-life journey looking for answers.

BIOGRAPHY
Ayten Amin was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1978, she studied film criticism at the Egyptian Cinema Writers and Critics Association and then film at the Art Lab of the American University in Cairo. Her graduation film, HER MAN, based on a short story by Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif, screened at Clermont-Ferrand in France and many other festivals. She also co-directed the documentary TAHRIR 2011, which premiered at Venice. Her feature debut, VILLA 69, screened at film festivals in Abu Dhabi, Malmö and Cannes.

FILMOGRAPHY
Her Man (2006), Spring 89 (2009), Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician (2011), Villa 69 (2013), Souad (2021)

SCRIPT: Mahmoud Ezzat, Ayten Amin PRODUCER: Sameh Awad CINEMATOGRAPHY: Maged Nader EDITOR: Khaled Moeit SCORE:CAST: Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem, Hager Mahmoud

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Vivid Reels WORLD SALES: Best Friend Forever Sales (sales@bffsales.eu) 

German (Hi)stories: Short fillm programme

Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride
Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride

DE 2020, 20 min, Language: German, Subtitles: English, Directed by: Maroan el Sani, Nina Fischer

Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride investigates the strange German enthusiasm for Native Americans in relation to contemporary racism and its deep colonial roots.
This fascination, especially with regard to the construction of a german identity, has a rather frightening than impressive chronology: it begins with the first-century Germanic Cherusci chieftan Arminius and stretches to the adventure novels of Karl May and the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows in the 1800s, through the ethnographic exhibitions (Völkerschauen) in zoos and circuses and founding of “Indian clubs” at the turn of the twentieth century, onward to the appropriation of Indigenous identities by Nazi ideologists, up until the present day, when new rightwing groups have developed an unsettling identification with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.

Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria

DE 2020, 28 min, Language: German, Subtitles: English, Directed by: Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster

Leipzig, 1996. The receptionist shows the White Suite at the Hotel Astoria. She says she still has hope that a guardian angel will save the Astoria. But seven years after the fall of the Wall, the curtain also falls on the legendary hotel. Political change of the late 1980s was also felt at the Astoria. Memories of this exclusive place are brought to life through a mixture of archive material and animation. We learn about the hard work in hospitality and the absurdities of everyday life in the GDR, about turtle soup in a country that was known for an economy of scarcity, and about the hotel bar where prostitutes, tourists, and Stasi agents had their drinks. These contradictions are also reflected in the statements of the staff and guests. Some recall a culture of fear, while others describe it as the best time of their lives. The film shows that different historical experiences can coexist – that‘s where you find the grey areas between propaganda and reality. Because truth is a matter of opinion.


Fatherland
Zahlvaterschaft

DE 2021, 22 min, n, Language: German, Subtitles: English, Directed by: Moritz Siebert

Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial official from Togo, has been fighting to obtain German citizenship for the last 30 years. As a last resort, he decides to go on hunger strike. The images of his unswerving perseverance in front of Berlin’s Red Town Hall are accompanied by statements, testimonies, legal texts, political positions and excuses – then and now.

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Open Eyes educational programme 2021

Please note that the Open Eyes school films are offered especially for school classes and are not open to the public. More information about the programme and registration for teachers can be found at www.nihrff.de/en/open-eyes.

Since 2007, Open Eyes has been generously sponsored by Stabilo International GmbH.

Kabul, City in the Wind
Kabul, City in the Wind

AF, NL, DE, JP 2018, 88 min, language(s): Dari, subtitles: German, directed by: Aboozar Amini

Oeconomia
Oeconomia

DE 2020, 89 min, language(s): German, English, subtitles: German, directed by: Carmen Losman

Trans – I Got Life
Trans – I Got Life

DE, RU, US 2021, 95 min, language(s): German, English, Russian, subtitles: German, directed by: Doris Metz, Imogen Kimmel

Who Owns My Village?
Wem gehört mein Dorf?

DE 2021, 96 min, language(s): German, directed by: Christoph Eder

Wolves, The
Lobos, Los

MX 2019, 95 min, language(s): Spanish, English, Cantonese, subtitles: German voice-over, directed by: Samuel Kishi Leopo

Words of Bandits
Paroles de bandits

FR 2019, 90 min, language(s): Arabic, English, Französisch, Tigrinya, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Jean Boiron Lajous

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Previews at Cinecittà 2021

All films in this section are shown at Cinecittà, Kino 9. The films are available in their original version with German subtitles. Tickets for the screenings are available exclusively at the Cinecittà box office or online.

Adam
آدم

MA, FR 2019, 98 min, language(s): Arabic, subtitles: German, directed by: Maryam Touzani

Screenings
05.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Borga
Borga

DE, GH 2021, 104 min, language(s): German, English, French, subtitles: German, directed by: York-Fabian Raabe

Screenings
06.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Father – Otac
Otac

RS 2020, 120 min, language(s): Serbian, subtitles: German, directed by: Srdan Golubović

Screenings
04.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Great Freedom
Große Freiheit

AT, DE 2021, 116 min, language(s): German, directed by: Sebastian Meise

Screenings
02.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

I am not your Negro
I am not your Negro

US, FR, BE, CH 2016, 93 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German, directed by: Raoul Peck

Screenings
03.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Man Who Sold His Skin, The
homme qui a vendu sa peau, L’

FR, TN, BE, SE, DE 2020, 104 min, language(s): Arabic, English, subtitles: German, directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

Screenings
01.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Night Shift
Police

FR 2019, 98 min, language(s): French, subtitles: German, directed by: Anne Fontaine

Screenings
29.09., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Nowhere Special
Nowhere Special

GB, IT, RO 2020, 96 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German , directed by: Uberto Pasolini

Screenings
30.09., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

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International Forum 2021

Decameron
Decameron

HK 2021, 107 min, language(s): Cantonese, subtitles: English, directed by: Rita Hui Nga Shu

Screenings
30.09., 20:00, kommkino; 03.10., 14:45, kinoeins; 06.10., 16:15, kinoeins

Delphine’s Prayers
Prières de Delphine, Les

BE, CM 2021, 91 min, language(s): French, Pidgin, subtitles: English, directed by: Rosine Mbakam

Screenings
30.09., 18:00, kommkino; 02.10., 11:00, kinoeins; 03.10., 21:00, kinoeins

Eyimofe – This Is My Desire
Eyimofe – This Is My Desire

NG 2019, 116 min, language(s): Englisch, subtitles: German, directed by: Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Screenings
01.10., 20:00, kommkino; 02.10., 15:30, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 06.10., 18:30, kinoeins

Genus Pan
Lahi, hayop

PH 2020, 157 min, language(s): Tagalog, subtitles: Englisch, directed by: Lav Diaz

Screenings
03.10., 11:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 06.10., 20:00, kommkino

German (Hi)stories: short film programme

Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride D, 2020, 20 min, language: German, subtitles: English, directed by: Maroan el Sani, Nina Fischer
Hotel Astoria
D, 2020, 28 min, language: German, subtitles: English, directed by: Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster
Fatherland
D, 2021, 22 min, language: German, subtitles: English, directed by: Moritz Siebert

Screenings
30.09., 18:00, kommkino; 02.10., 11:00, kinoeins; 03.10., 21:00, kinoeins

Guardian, The
Wächterin, Die

DE 2020, 87 min, language(s): Kurdish, Turkish, Turoyo, subtitles: German, Englisch, directed by: Martina Priessner

Screenings
30.09., 19:00, kinoeins; 01.10., 19:30, Katharinenruine; 06.10., 18:00, kommkino

Her Socialist Smile
Her Socialist Smile

US 2020, 93 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German, directed by: John Gianvito

Screenings
02.10., 19:15, kommkino; 03.10., 18:15, kommkino; 05.10., 20:45, Cinecittà, Kino 8

In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran
In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran

IR, DE 2019, 75 min, language(s): German, English, Persian, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Narges Kalhor

Screenings
01.10., 19:15, kinoeins; 03.10., 12:00, kommkino; 05.10. 18:15, kommkino

Just a Movement
Juste un mouvement

BE, FR 2021, 110 min, language(s): French, Mandarin Chinese, Wolof, subtitles: English, directed by: Vincent Meessen

Screenings
02.10., 18:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 04.10., 15:15, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 06.10., 21:00, kinoeins

Mother-Child
Niña Mamá

AR 2019, 66 min, language(s): Spanish, subtitels: English, directed by: Andrea Testa

Screenings
03.10., 16:45, kommkino; 04.10., 14:00, kommkino; 05.10. 19:15, kinoeins

Non Western
Non Western

MX, GB, US 2020, 93 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German, directed by: Laura Plancarte

Screenings
30.09., 21:00, kinoeins; 03.10., 16:45, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 06.10., 16:00, kommkino

Nothing but the Sun
Apenas el sol

CH, PY 2020, 74 min, language(s): Ayoreo, Spanish, subtitles: English, directed by: Arami Ullón

Screenings
30.09., 18:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 01.10., 16:30, kommkino; 05.10., 17:30, kinoeins

Notturno
Notturno

IT, FR, DE 2020, 100 min, language(s): Arabic, Kurdish, subtitles: English, directed by: Gianfranco Rosi

Screenings
01.10., 20:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 02.10., 13:00, kinoeins; 04.10., 16:45, kinoeins

Other Side of the River, The
Other Side of the River, The

DE, FI 2021, 92 min, language(s): Arabic, German, Kurdish, subtitles: German, English, directed: Antonia Kilian

Screenings
30.09., 17:00, kinoeins; 02.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 05.10., 16:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8


Radiograph of a Family
Radiograph of a Family

NO, IR, CH 2020, 82 min, language(s): Farsi, French, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Firouzeh Khosrovani

Screenings
03.10., 19:15, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 04.10., 18:00, kommkino; 05.10., 16:30, kommkino

Souad
Souad

EG, TN, DE 2021, 96 min, language(s): Arabic, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Ayten Amin

Screenings
30.09., 16:00, kommkino; 01.10., 21:00, kinoeins; 03.10., 14:45, Cinecittà, Kino 8

Valley of Souls
Tantas almas

CO, BE 2019, 137 min, language(s): Spanish, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Nicólas Rincón Gille

Screenings
30.09., 20:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 02.10., 11:15, kommkino; 02.10., 19:30, Katharinenruine

Wolves, The
Lobos, Los

MX 2019, 95 min, language(s): Spanish, English, Cantonese, subtitles: German voice-over, directed by: Samuel Kishi Leopo

Screenings
01.10., 15:00, kinoeins; 02.10., 15:00, kinoeins

Words of Bandits
Paroles de bandits

FR 2019, 90 min, language(s): Arabic, English, Französisch, Tigrinya, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Jean Boiron Lajous

Screenings
30.09., 16:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 04.10., 17:30, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 04.10., 19:00, kinoeins

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International Competition 2021

Bloodsuckers
Blutsauger

DE 2021, 127 min, language(s): German, English, Russian, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Julian Radlmaier

Screenings
03.10., 14:00, kommkino; 03.10., 19:30, Katharinenruine; 05.10., 21:00, kinoeins

Elsewhere, Everywhere
Ailleurs, partout

BE 2020, 63 min, language(s): English, Farsi, French, Persian, subtitels: German, English, directed by: Isabelle Ingold, Vivianne Perelmuter

Screenings
02.10., 17:15, kommkino; 03.10. 13:15, kinoeins; 04.10., 21:00, kinoeins

Landscapes of Resistance
Pejzaži otpora

RS, DE, FR 2021, 95 min, language(s): Serbo-Croatian, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Marta Popivoda

Screenings
02.10., 20:45, kinoeins; 03.10., 20:15, kommkino; 04.10., 19:30, Katharinenruine

Mr. Bachmann And His Class
Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse

DE 2021, 217 min, language(s): Bulgarian, German, Turkish, subtitles: english, directed by: Maria Speth

Screenings
03.10., 17:00, kinoeins; 04.10., 19:30, Cinecittà, Kino 8

Pebbles
Koozhangal

IN 2021, 74 min, language(s): Tamil, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Vinothraj P.S.

Screenings
29.09., 19:30, Tafelhalle; 30.09., 19:30, Katharinenruine; 02.10., 14:30, kommkino

This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

LS, IT, ZA 2019, 120 min, language(s): Sesotho, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Screenings
01.10., 17:30, Cinecittà, Kino 8; 04.10., 15:30, kommkino; 05.10., 18:00, Cinecittà, Kino 8

We
Nous

FR 2020, 115 min, language(s): French, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Alice Diop

Screenings
01.10., 17:00, kinoeins; 03.10., 10:30, kinoeins; 04.10., 20:00, kommkino

Year of the Discovery, The
Año del descubrimiento, El

ES, CH 2020, 200 min, language(s): Spanish, subtitles: German, English, directed by: Luis López Carrasco

Screenings
02.10., 17:00, kinoeins;04.10., 10:00, kommkino; 05.10., 20:00, kommkino

Who Owns My Village?

Wem gehört mein Dorf?

DIRECTED BY: Christoph Eder COUNTRY: Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): German SUBTITLES: RUNNING TIME: 96 min

SECTION: Open Eyes 2021

SYNOPSIS
Christoph Eder draws a personal portrait of the inhabitants of his home village on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen and describes the conflict between the interests of individuals and the common good in times of modern tourism.

BIOGRAPHY
Christoph Eder works as a director and author. In his films, he mainly deals with socio-political issues of our time. In addition to his work on documentaries, he is active in online and television productions. Among other things, he directs the satire format “Browser Ballet” (ARD/ZDF), which was awarded the Grimme Prize 2019. Eder’s short films have screened at national and international festivals and have won several awards. He studied media art at the Bauhaus University Weimar and directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Together with four filmmakers, he founded the KAMMER11 film collective in 2013.

FILMOGRAPHY
Mr. Wood (2015), Imbiss (2016), Streaming through Life (2017), Die Isolation der Oma Lilo (2020), Wem gehört mein Dorf? (2021)

SCRIPT: Christoph Eder PRODUCER: Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Claritta Kratochwil CINEMATOGRAPHY: Domenik Schuster EDITOR: Patrick Richter SCORE: Anna Kühlein

WEBSITE: https://jip-film.de/wem-gehoert-mein-dorf/

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Ostlicht Filmproduktion (info@ostlicht.de) GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: JIP Film & Verleih Gbr (info@jip-film.com)

Fatherland

Zahlvaterschaft

DIRECTED BY: Moritz Siebert COUNTRY: Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): German SUBTITLES: English RUNNING TIME: 22 min

SECTION: International Forum

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial official from Togo, has been fighting to obtain German citizenship for the last 30 years. As a last resort, he decides to go on hunger strike. The images of his unswerving perseverance in front of Berlin’s Red Town Hall are accompanied by statements, testimonies, legal texts, political positions and excuses – then and now.

The film ist part of the short film programme “German (Hi)stories”

BIOGRAPHY
Moritz Siebert, geboren 1973 in Stuttgart, schloss zunächst ein Studium der Medizin und Kulturanthropologie in Berlin ab, bevor er an der National Film and Television School (NFTS) in Großbritannien ein weiteres Studium absolvierte. Sein Film LES SAUTEURS wurde 2016 im Berlinale Forum gezeigt. Moritz Siebert lebt und arbeitet als Filmemacher und Arzt in Berlin.

FILMOGRAPHY
Rapstars (2002), Belgrad Backspin (2005), Anne and Gail (2008), My Name Is Karl (2008), Long Distance (2009), Erntehelfer (2014), Les sauteurs (2016), My New European Life (2019), Zahlvaterschaft (2021)

SCRIPT: Hanna Keller, Moritz Siebert PRODUCER: Moritz Siebert, Hanna Keller CINEMATOGRAPHY: Moritz Siebert EDITOR: Moritz Siebert

WEBSITE: www.siebertfilms.com

PRODUCTION COMPANY: siebertfilms (info@siebertfilms.com) GERMAN DISTRIBUTORArsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (distribution@arsenal-berlin.de)

Year of the Discovery, The

Año del descubrimiento, El

DIRECTED BY: Luis López Carrasco COUNTRY: Spain, Switzerland YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Spanish SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 200 min  

SECTION: International Competition

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Neighbors, youngsters and unemployed workers chat inside a bar between cigarettes, breakasts and snacks. They remember unusual dreams, share job stories and plan future projects. The bar is located in the city of Cartagena, in the southeast of Spain. As the day goes on, the riots from the industrial crisis of 1992 are heard more and more closely.
In 1992 in Spain the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo were held, linked to the celebration of the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America. The country is presented to the international community as a modern, developed and dynamic country. Meanwhile in Cartagena, the protests because of the crisis became increasingly violent and would result in a mass uprising that culminate in the burning of the parliament of the Autonomous Community.

BIOGRAPHY
Luis López Carrasco was born in Spain in 1981. In 2008 he co-founded Los Hijos, an experimental cinema and documentary collective, with Javier Fernández Vázquez and Natalia Marín Sancho. They directed several shorts such as EL SOL EN EL SOL DEL MEMBRILLO (2008). Their first feature film, LOS MATERIALES, was awarded the Jean Vigo Prize for Best Direction at the Punto de Vista International Film Festival in 2010.

FILMOGRAPHY
Para ser cajera del súper siempre hay tiempo (2007), El sol en el sol del membrillo (2008), Los materiales (2010), El futuro (2013), Arboles (2013), Aliens (2017), The Year of the Discovery (2020)

SCRIPT: Raúl Liarte, Luis López Carrasco PRODUCER: Luis Ferrón, Luis López Carrasco, Pedro Palacios, Daniel M. Caneiro, Ricard Sales, Marta Lacima, Javier Fernández CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sara Gallego Grau EDITOR: Sergio Jiménez Barranquero SCORE: CAST:

WEBSITE: https://offecam.com/el-ano-del-descubrimiento/

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Alina Film, LaCima Producciones WORLD SALES: Begin Again Films (hola@beginagainfilms.es) 

Words of Bandits

Paroles de bandits

DIRECTED BY: Jean Boiron Lajous COUNTRY: France YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic, English, French, Tigrinya SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 90 min

SECTION: International Forum, Open Eyes

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Without solidarity, hope would long since have died. The borders in the Italian-French Roya valley have been closed since 2015. Countless refugees try in vain to leave the Italian town of Ventimiglia for France and are sent back again and again. But the liberal inhabitants of this stubborn region refuse to settle for this. Together they oppose the law, shelter young migrants, provide them with bread behind the backs of the police – plainly doing everything to give these people a future. So in the foggy gorges far from the great European metropolises there is a community that stands together and just wants to help, resists – out of love of their homeland, out of human kindness, out of the shared belief in a world where we can live together peacefully and which is worth fighting for. WORDS OF BANDITS shows an oasis of hope. A film about arriving, progressing and approaching each other. (Julia Weigl, DOK Leipzig)

BIOGRAPHY
Jean Boiron-Lajous studied film at the University of Lille 3 and at the University of Aix-Marseille. In 2012 he directed LA MÉMOIRE ET LA MER, a documentary film produced by the University of Aix-Marseille with the participation of INA (FID Marseille 2013 selection). In 2015 he directed TERRA DI NESSUNO, a documentary produced by Prima Luce that won awards at FID Marseille and many international festivals. He continued his collaboration with Prima Luce and in 2018 directed PLUS T’APPUIES MOINS J’AI MAL, a short film and WORDS OF BANDITS (PAROLES DE BANDITS), another documentary.

FILMOGRAPHY
La mémoire et la mer (2012), Terra di nessuno (2015), The harder you hit the less it hurts (2018), Words of Bandits (2019)

SCRIPT: Jean Boiron Lajous PRODUCER: Loïc Legrand CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jean Boiron Lajous EDITOR: Myriam Aycaguer, Jean Boiron Lajous

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Prima Luce (info@primaluce.fr) WORLD SALES: Prima Luce (info@primaluce.fr) 

Wolves, The

Lobos, Los

DIRECTED BY: Samuel Kishi Leopo COUNTRY: Mexico YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Spanish, English, Cantonese SUBTITLES: German live voice over RUNNING TIME: 95 min

SECTION: International Forum, Open Eyes

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SYNOPSIS
Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don’t have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Souce: Berlinale)

BIOGRAPHY
Samuel Kishi Leopo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in audiovisual arts from the University of Guadalajara. His work has been shown in over 100 festivals around the world, including Clermont Ferrand and the Berlinale, where he competed on the Generation Kplus section with his feature film debut SOMOS MARI PEPA. Some of his awards include the Morelia International Film Festival’s Silver Eye, the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences’ Best Short Film for MARI PEPA, as well as three Ariel nominations for his feature film debut SOMOS MARI PEPA.

FILMOGRAPHY
Luces negras (2009), Acerca del drama de los calcetines (2010), Mari Pepa (2011), Somos Mari Pepa (2013), Juglares del Gol (2016), Los Lobos (2019)

SCRIPT: Samuel Kishi Leopo, Sofía Gómez Córdova, Luis Briones PRODUCER: Inna Payan Stoupignan CINEMATOGRAPHY: Octavio Arauz EDITOR: Yordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza Benítez, Samuel Kishi Leopo SCORE: Kenji Kishi Leopo CAST: Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Martha Reyes Arias

WEBSITE: https://www.loslobosmovie.com

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Animal De Luz Films WORLD SALES: FiGa Films 

We

Nous

DIRECTED BY: Alice Diop COUNTRY: France YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): French SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 115 min

SECTION: International Competition

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SYNOPSIS

The RER B is an urban train that traverses Paris and its environs from north to south. Multiaward-winning documentary filmmaker Alice Diop takes us through these suburban spaces and confronts us with some of the faces and stories of which they are composed.
A moving testament to the importance of filming as a process of bearing witness and remembering, Nous is timely in many ways. It is subtle and shrewd in a world which favours shortcuts and easy answers. Justifiably adopting the fragmented structure of a patchwork portrait in order to describe a riven society, Diop displays impressive control of her essay and its impact. In the film’s first few minutes, a deer is observed, through binoculars. A certain sense of awkward, man-made distance stays with us. Isolation, discrimination and nostalgia for hierarchies, inherited from a monarchical past… Divisions haunt France’s present. But the human urge to give as well as to receive stubbornly creeps into every situation, observed or triggered. Could this be the one thing that still keeps a nation together?

BIOGRAPHY
Alice Diop was born in Aulnay-sous-Bois, France. Her films, which question French society and its cultural diversity, have screened at festivals including Cinéma du Réel in Paris, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, the Viennale and the documentary film festival in Lussas, France. Her feature-length documentary ON CALL won the main prize at Cinéma du Réel while her short film TOWARDS TENDERNESS won the 2017 César French film prize for Best Short Film

FILMOGRAPHY
Les Senegalaises et la Senegauloise (2007), Danton’s Death (2011),Towards Tenderness (2016), On Call (2016), We (2021)

SCRIPT: Alice Diop PRODUCER: Sophie Salbot CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sarah Blum, Sylvain Verdet, Clément Alline EDITOR: Amrita David

PRODUCTION COMPANY: AthénaÏse WORLD SALES: Totem Films (hello@totem-films.com) 

Guardian, The

Wächterin, Die

DIRECTED BY: Martina Priessner COUNTRY: Germany YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Kurdish, Turkish, Turoyo SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 87 min

SECTION: International Forum

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SYNOPSIS
For 18 years, the Syrian Orthodox nun Dayrayto lives on the grounds of a church in Zaz, a dilapidated and abandoned Assyrian village in southeastern Turkey. Together with the monk Abuna she cared for the church for fourteen years. Ever since the monk died four years ago Dayrayto lives alone with her two dogs, a cow, chicken, and three cats. She is vulnerable to multiple threats. Her presence in the region is a thorn in the side of many local actors. There has always been hostili- ties from the Muslim side and little support from her own community. Lately, the situation is getting worse and Dayrayto fears for her dog’s life, which she believes has been deliberately poisoned. The camera follows Dayrayto through her everyday life and observes her struggle for survival, her worries and hardships as fear and loneliness are her constant companions. An yet, Dayrayto is a courageous and fearless woman – she promised Abuna to never leave this holy place and to protect the church, no matter what.

BIOGRAPHY
Martina Priessner is a documentary filmmaker and author based in Berlin. She obtained her degree in Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin. For the past several years, her interests have focused on German-Turkish migration. Priessner completed her first full-length documentary in 2010 entitled BASED DOWN SOUTH, which was nominated for the Grimme Award. While she was living in Istanbul from 2012 to 2017 she documented the summer 2013 known as the Gezi Protests through the found footage film EVERYDAY I’M CAPULING. In 2016 Priessner finished the documentary 650 WORDS which deals with migration and language. Priessner has been the recipient of scholarships from Nipkow, Defa, Kulturakademie Tarabya and Mercator-IPC. Her latest work DIE WÄCHTERIN is a documentary about an Assyrian nun in Southeast Turkey.

FILMOGRAPHY
Die Rausur (2005), Die sechs Tage Adam und Eva (2008), 650 Wörter (2010), Everyday I’m çapuling (2013), Wir sitzen im Süden (2010), Die Wächterin (2020)

SCRIPT: Martina Priessner PRODUCER: Friedemann Hottenbacher, Gregor Streiber CINEMATOGRAPHY: Meryem Yavuz EDITOR: Özlem Sarıyıldız

WEBSITE: https://www.inselfilm.de/

PRODUCTION COMPANY: inselfilm produktion (info@inselfilm.info) WORLD SALES: inselfilm produktion GmbH (info@inselfilm.de) 

Father – Otac

Otac

DIRECTED BY: Srdan Golubović COUNTRY: Serbia YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Serbian SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 120 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

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SYNOPSIS
A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services centre refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.

BIOGRAPHIE
Srdan Golubović wurde 1972 in Belgrad, Serbien (ehemaliges Jugoslawien), geboren und studierte Theaterwissenschaften, während er mehrere Kurzfilme drehte. Zusammen mit anderen jungen Filmemachern gründete er die Produktionsfirma Baš Čelik. Im Jahr 2001 drehte er sein Spielfilmdebüt APSOLUTNIH STO, das auf mehreren internationalen Festivals mit Preisen ausgezeichnet wurde. Seine Filme KLOPKA und KRUGOVI wurden beide auf der Berlinale gezeigt. Er ist Dozent für Film- und Fernsehregie an der Universität der Künste in Belgrad.

FILMOGRAPHY
Absolute Hundred (2001), The Trap (2007), Circles (2013), Father (2020)

SCRIPT: Srdan Golubović, Ognjen Sviličić PRODUCER: Jelena Mitrovič, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hočevar, Amra bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo CINEMATOGRAPHY: Aleksandar Ilič EDITOR: Petar Marković SCORE:CAST: Goran Bogdan, Boris Isakovic, Nada Sargin

PRODUCTION COMPANY: ASAP Films (ckolar@noos.fr), Film House Bas Celik, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion, Propeler Film, SCCA/pro.ba (office@pro.ba), Vertigo Films ( prensa@vertigofilms.es) WORLD SALES: The Match Factory (info@matchfactory.de) 

Valley of Souls

Tantas almas

DIRECTED BY: Nicólas Rincón Gille COUNTRY: Colombia, Belgium YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Spanish SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 137 min

SECTION: International Forum

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SYNOPSIS

In 2002, after a night spent avoiding the dangers of Colombia’s ongoing unrest, José arrives home to dreadful news: “They took them away”, he is informed by his sobbing daughter; with this, he knows without doubt that his two sons are dead, their corpses disposed of in the river that provides the family’s livelihood. So begins a terrible journey, as José goes in search of the bodies of his murdered boys. Along the way, he encounters occasional kindnesses, the constant threat of violence, and – perhaps – the intercession of saints. With its precise portrayal of intense fear and grief ensconced in an odyssey that somehow remains disturbingly placid, Valley of Souls is a plea for peace in a society still rent by civil strife.

BIOGRAPHY
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Economy in Bogotá, Nicolás Rincón Gille studied in Belgium at the insas. He worked as a cinematographer on a few films and directed three short films before embarking on his trilogy project “campo hablado” dedicated to the richness of oral tradition in Colombia’s countryside. The first part, THOSE WAITING IN THE DARK (2007), received the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel, followed by the second part, THE EMBRACE OF THE RIVER (2010), which was awarded the Montgolfière d’Or Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents. WOUNDED NIGHT (2015) is the last part of the trilogy, awarded Special Mention from the International Jury at Cinéma de Réel and Best Film in the Colombian Competition at ficci in 2016. VALLEY OF SOULS is his first fiction feature.

FILMOGRAPHY
Those Waiting in the Dark (2007), The Embrace of the River (2010), Wounded Night (2015), Valley of Souls (2019)

SCRIPT: Nicólas Rincón Gille PRODUCER: Hector Ulloque Franco, Manuel Ruiz Montealegre CINEMATOGRAPHY: Juan Sarmiento G. EDITOR: Cedric Zoenen CAST: Arley de Jesús Carvallido Lobo

KPRODUCTION COMPANY: Medio de Contención Producciones WORLD SALES: Best Friend Forever Sales (sales@bffsales.eu) 

Trans – I Got Life

Trans – I Got Life

REGIE: Doris Metz, Imogen Kimmel LAND: Deutschland, Russische Föderation, Vereinigte Staaten JAHR: 2021 SPRACHE(N): Deutsch, Englisch, Russisch UNTERTITEL: Deutsch LÄNGE: 95 min

SEKTION: Open Eyes 2021

INHALT
Transgender/Trans*-Menschen bezeichnet Menschen, deren Geschlechtsmerkmale nicht mit ihrem gefühlten Geschlecht, dem sogenannten Identitätsgeschlecht, übereinstimmen. TRANS – I GOT LIFE stellt sieben verschiedene Menschen vor, bei denen genau dies zutrifft. Sie erzählen offen von ihren persönlichen Erfahrungen mit ihrer Umwelt und den eigenen Identitätskonflikten. Neben den persönlichen Geschichten beleuchtet der Film auch die Möglichkeiten der modernen Medizin durch chirurgische Geschlechtsangleichung. TRANS – I GOT LIFE zeigt eindrücklich wie unterschiedlich die Wege zur Selbstverwirklichung aussehen können und macht deutlich, dass Geschlechter nicht mehr nur binär gedacht werden können.

BIOGRAPHIE
Doris Metz lebt und arbeitet in München. Sie ist in Oberstdorf/Allgäu aufgewachsen. Nach einem Studium in Neuerer deutscher Literaturwissenschaft, Linguistik und Politikwissenschaft an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München und einem SZ-Volontariat in Bonn und München war sie zehn Jahre lang Redakteurin und Autorin der Süddeutschen Zeitung im Bereich Medien und Innenpolitik und war nach der Wende als Reporterin in den neuen Bundesländern im Einsatz. Seit 1998 macht Doris Metz Kino-Dokumentarfilme und Fernsehfilme. Ihr Fokus liegt auf gesellschaftspolitischen Stoffen. Ihre Filme „Lesbos“ und „Kleine Eroberer“ wurden für den Grimme-Preis nominiert. Mit „Schattenväter“, einem Film über Matthias Brandt und Pierre Boom, die Söhne von Willy Brandt und DDR-Spion Günter Guillaume, drehte sie 2005 einen vielbeachteten Kinodokumentarfilm. 2017 gründete sie zusammen mit Imogen Kimmel die Kimmel & Metz Filmproduktion. „TRANS – I got Life“ ist für Doris Metz der dritte gemeinsame Kinofilm mit der Bildgestalterin Sophie Maintigneux. Seit 2016 ist Doris Metz im Rundfunkrat des WDR (stellvertretendes Mitglied) und von 2016 – 2020 war sie im Bundesvorstand der AG DOK.

Imogen Kimmel studierte zunächst Literatur an der FU Berlin, dann an HFF München Dokumentarfilm. Anschließend Postgraduate Studies an der NSFTV, Leeds, England. Dort dreht sie die internationale Co-Produktion SECRET SOCIETY – CLUB DER STARKEN FRAUEN (Kinospielfilm, Buch und Regie), eine britische Sozialkomödie mit Sumoringerinnen aus feministischer Perspektive. 2011 lebt sie als Artist in Residence in Phnom Penh, Kambodscha und realisiert u.a. ein Social Art Project im Rahmen des UN Rote Khmer Tribunal. Ihre Spielfilme laufen auf Filmfestivals weltweit. SECRET SOCIETY gewinnt den Publikumspreis in Créteil Films de Femmes, der Social Spot MOVE YOUR ASS gewinnt auf dem New York Filmfestival. ALL OUT AT SEA (Kurzfilm) läuft im Wettbewerb der Berlinale, in Tokio, Chicago u.a. Seit 2007 hat sie zahlreiche TV-Spielfilme und TV-Serien inszeniert. Als eine der Initiatorinnen von Pro Quote Regie setzt sie sich für die Gleichstellung von Regisseurinnen ein, lehrt als Professorin für Regie an der Macromedia in München und gründet 2017 mit Doris Metz die kimmel&metz Filmproduktion.

FILMOGRAPHIE
Doris Metz: Ich werde reich und glücklich (2002), Schattenväter (2005), Trans – I got Life (2021)
Imogen Kimmel: All out at sea (1995), Secret Society – Club der starken Frauen (2001), Trans – I got Life (2021)

DREHBUCH: Doris Metz, Imogen Kimmel PRODUZENT:IN: André Schäfer, Doris Metz, Imogen Kimmel KAMERA: Sophie Maintigneux SCHNITT: Frank Müller MUSIK: Gregor Schwellenbach MIT:

KONTAKTE PRODUKTION: Florianfilm, Kimmel & Metz Filmproduktion WELTVERTRIEB: New Docs (sales@newdocs.de) DEUTSCHER VERLEIH: mindjazz (office@mindjazz-pictures.de )

This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

DIRECTED BY: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese COUNTRY: Lesotho, Italy, South Africa YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Sesotho SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 120 min

SECTION: International Competition

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SYNOPSIS

In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits her son’s return from working in the South African mines, only to learn of his demise instead. Yearning for her own death after the loss of her last remaining family member, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are abruptly upset by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Mantoa resolves herself to defend the spiritual heritage of the community.

BIOGRAPHY
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker from Lesotho, based in Berlin. His film MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU won six awards at the Final Cut in Venice workshop and went on to premiere at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. He was one of three filmmakers selected for the Biennale College—Cinema lab, with his feature film THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESSURECTION. Mosese is an alumnus of many programs, including Focus Features’ Africa First and Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier.

FILMOGRAPHY
Tears of Blood (2007), Loss of Innocence (2008), Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You (2019), This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (2019)

SCRIPT: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese PRODUCER: Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro CINEMATOGRAPHY: Pierre De Villiers EDITOR: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese SCORE: Yu Miyashita CAST: Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng

WEBSITE: https://www.trigon-film.org/de/movies/this_is_not_a_burial

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Urucu Media (er@urucumedia.com) WORLD SALES: Memento Films International (MFI) (sales@memento-films.com) GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Trigon-film (film@trigon-film.org)

Radiograph of a Family

Radiograph of a Family

DIRECTED BY: Firouzeh Khosrovani COUNTRY: Norway, Iran, Switzerland YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Farsi, French SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 82 min

SECTION: International Forum

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
My mother married my father ́s photograph in Tehran. He was studying radiology in Switzerland, and for mother to come and live with him, marriage was obligatory. For my mother, with her religious background, living in Europe was a challenge. Sin was everywhere. My father came from a liberal and secular family. He was a lover of culture, fine arts, classical music. My mother never understood how he for example could treasure a painting depicting nude bodies. After I was born, we moved from Switzerland back to Tehran. Shortly after, the Revolution happened and changed everything upside down. My mother found new reason and new identity, an important space for herself: She became a religious activist, school principal and did military training. My father sat quietly in his favorite chair at home and listened to Bach. In our house, there were no more card playing or red wine. My mother ́s prayer mat, and my prayer mat, were placed next to each other in the living room, by the window. Photographs of women without hijab, were ripped apart. My mother censored the past – while my father dreamt of a different future. I was torn between my two parents. Our family was split. For a little girl, it was difficult and painful. As my identity developed, I carried both of them inside me. I still do, till this day. I am the result of Iran ́s struggle between tradition and modernization. My story istold through photographs, archive footage, letters and voices. Our home in Tehran becomes a metaphor of the shifts in our family, hence in modern Iranian society.

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Tehran, Firouzeh Khosrovani settled in Italy to pursue her artistic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. After graduating in 2002 she returned to Iran and acquired her Master’s degree in Journalism. She now lives between Tehran and Rome. Her debut film, LIFE TRAIN (2004), is a documentary on the ‘play’ therapy provided for the traumatized children of the eartquake in Bam. In 2007, she directed ROUGH CUT, a film about mutilated plastic mannequins in the shop windows of Tehran, which won thirteen international film festival awards. Her last work, FEST OF DUTY, follows two adolescent girls as they transition into adulthood, eight years after their official Fest of Duty. The film won the Oxfam award at IDFA in 2014.

FILMOGRAPHY
Life Train (2004), Rough Cut (2007), A thousand and one Irans (2010), Espelho meu (2011), Iran, Unveiled and veiled Again (2012), Profession: Documentarist (2014), Fest of Duty (2014), Radiograph of a family (2020)

SCRIPT: Firouzeh Khosrovani PRODUCER: Fabien Greenberg, Bård Kjøge Rønning CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah EDITOR: Farahnaz Sharifi, Rainer Maria Trinkler SCORE: Peyman Yazdanian

WEBSITE: https://www.radiographofafamily.com

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Antipode Films WORLD SALES: Taskovski Films Ltd. (festivals@taskovskifilms.com)