New to VOD this week:
BORN IN EVIN
Hot Docs, IDFA, Sarajevo, Morelia, Biografilm, Human Rights Watch NYC, Cologne, Heartland
A personal film investigating the filmmaker’s birth in an Iranian prison for dissidents.
Actress Maryam Zaree was born in Iran, but has lived in Germany for most of her life. Both of her parents were dissidents critical of the Shah of Iran, but found no more freedom under the Ayatollah’s rule. Instead, they were both persecuted, leading to Maryam being born in Evin, a notorious prison. While Maryam’s mother has thrived since she found asylum in Germany, she has never wanted to discuss her experiences. Still seeking answers about her own past, Maryam sets out on a journey to find other victims of the regime, including others like her, who were born to dissidents in prison. Unapologetically a personal film – and one that doubles as a form of therapy, for good and bad – Zaree’s project finds power in providing a platform for Maryam and others to confront generational trauma.