Filmpreis „Leipziger Ring“< >
Prize of the Jury for the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution for the best documentary about the subject of democracy
Nahid Persson Sarvestani (Sweden, Norway) for the film
Min stulna revolution (My Stolen Revolution)
Young women getting involved in politics in Iran have been arrested since the time the Shah was overthrown. Instead of the freedom, longed for so eagerly, a new, even more brutal system under which also women suffer merely replaces the old one. The female protagonists of the film are tortured, arrested and humiliated. They lose their husbands and brothers and must witness their execution. The film director has managed to flee her country, while her friends and her brother have been arrested and sentenced.
Out of a feeling of guilt to have escaped into exile, unlike the others, she later calls upon the women who also managed to leave the Iran after having been discharged from prison. She is surprised what strong and self-confident people she meets. Jointly with them, she breaks the silence.
The film tells with great empathy the fate of women and men in Iran and unveils the inhuman conditions in the prisons of a religious dictatorship. „The Power of the Weak“, the biblical motto of the Christian peace movement in the GDR, is impressively reflected in the lives of these women.
Coming to terms with their traumatic experiences through art and the talks within this small group of women do not only show courage, they also prove that even a stolen revolution is no reason for hopelessness. Quite the contrary. The women battle on, and the film thus takes us straight to the current Iranian situation: where women and man do not give up their longing for freedom and democracy, despite all repressive measures.
Filmpreis "Leipziger Ring" along with € 5 000 granted by the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution