06.12.2021 – 11:00
In her directorial debut and documentary “Born in Evin” (Germany / Austria 2019), director and actress Maryam Zaree tells of the search for the violent circumstances of her birth in one of the most notorious prisons in the world. The little television game will present the film for “International Human Rights Day” on ZDF on Friday, December 10th, 2021, from 10 a.m. in the ZDFmediathek and as a free TV premiere on Monday, December 13, 2021, at midnight. “Born in Evin” is available for three months in the ZDFmediathek.
In 1979 the Shah and with him the Iranian monarchy were overthrown. Ayatollah Khomeini, the new religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested and murdered after he came to power. Among the prisoners were the parents of the filmmaker Maryam Zaree, who both survived after years in prison and were able to flee to Germany. The persecution and the time in prison were never discussed within the family. Maryam Zaree, today a successful actress (including “4 Blocks”, “Undine”) and author (“Kluge Emotions”), faces the decades of silence and examines her own questions about the place and circumstances of her birth. She meets other survivors, speaks to experts and looks for children who were born in the same prison as her. In doing so, she tries to find answers to both personal and political questions. What are the personal consequences of persecution and violence? And what does it mean politically to approach silence within the family? The private is political and the political private – according to this conviction, Maryam Zaree works her way through the thicket of the repressed. “Born in Evin” was awarded the German Film Prize 2020 in the Best Documentary Film category and the Kompass Perspektive Prize in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at the 2019 Berlinale.
Ansprechpartnerin: Claudia Hustedt, Telefon: 06131 – 70-15952; Presse-Desk, Telefon: 06131 – 70-12108, [email protected]
Photos are available from ZDF’s main communications department, phone: 06131 – 70-16100, and from https://presseportal.zdf.de/presse/borninevin
The documentary “Born in Evin” is available to accredited journalists for viewing in the screening room of the ZDF press portal.
ZDF Mediathek: https://zdf.de/filme/das-kleine-fernsehspiel
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