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Kids DOK 2018
Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika Maryam Bayani

Little Elika explains that people in Iran like five things above all: rice, the sun, ice cream, fish and tulips. She gives a presentation about her home country in a Belgian school.

Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Iran
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani
Victoire Bonin, Léo Malek
Maryam Bayani, Reza Mosadegh
Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani, André Philips
Little Elika explains that people in Iran like five things above all: rice, the sun, ice cream, fish and tulips. She gives a presentation about her home country in a Belgian school, which includes a Persian poem she translates directly into French. Her audience is amazed: Elika talks differently all of a sudden. And so something strange playfully becomes familiar.

Kim Busch
Next Masters Wettbewerb 2018
Sentenced to Death Ahmad Jalili Jahromi

A group portrait of confident female criminals in Iran: neither charismatic bad girls nor victims of circumstances, but women with soft spots and hard edges, beyond familiar stereotypes.

Sentenced to Death

Documentary Film
Iran
2018
48 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Didar Shomali, Ahmad Jalili Jahromi
Ahmad Jalili Jahromi
Abbas Sarafraz
Sajjad Avarand, Ali Baghaei
Ahmad Jalili Jahromi
Ahmad Jalili Jahromi
Ensiyeh Maleki
A group portrait of evil women in Iran. One of them, Marjan, has been a drug dealer since childhood. She was imprisoned for gang crimes in conjunction with armed robbery and kidnapping. With other inmates, some of them convicted for murder, she founded a theatre group that was allowed to perform outside the prison, too. The work bound the women together, changed their perspectives and priorities, but did not turn them into new persons. Nor did it effect any delays in the execution of verdicts – including death sentences. During rehearsals, one of the actors, Safieh, learns that she will be executed on the next day.

Director Ahmad Jalili Jahromi meets his protagonists on equal terms, appoints himself neither lawyer nor judge, and certainly not the women’s probation officer. It’s astounding how the filmmaker manages to steer his narrative around the stereotypes of tragic victim or charismatic gangster moll and equally astounding how little effort is made in this film to court reflexive affection or compassion. Not to belittle affection and compassion, but especially in the cinema they are no more than reflexes and, as such, easily activated. “Sentenced to Death” chooses the harder path.

Ralph Eue

Tan

Documentary Film
France,
Iran
2018
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Elsa Klughertz (Jonas Films), Ali Shirkhodaei (Reyhan Film)
Elika Hedayat
9T Antiope
Ali Shirkhodaei
Maxence Voiseux
Elika Hedayat
Amaury Arboun, Vincent Pateau
Elika Hedayat distinguishes between the bodies made available to her as models at drawing school and those she encounters in her mind. The former are maimed, sometimes monstrous, they have missing limbs and painful expressions on their faces. Hedayat begins to search for the real persons behind the figures her imagination is projecting on the walls of her skull. She meets Iranian men whose bodies were maimed and thus formed by war. But also men who increase their body mass by disciplined exercise, seemingly compensating for the lack of arms and legs of the others. The young woman is fascinated by the human, male body which she regards as potentially the result and imprint of a much bigger one – the social body. “Tan” is the filmic investigation of this connection which Hedayat grasps intuitively. Together with some of the protagonists she literally dives into the depths to look for the bottom, the reasons. The others’, but also her own.

Carolin Weidner
International Programme 2018
Women with Gunpowder Earrings Reza Farahmand

A dramatic insight into the embattled Syrian-Iraqi border region. The young reporter Noor sees herself as an anti ISIS fighter but learns that her worldview was too simple.

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

Documentary Film
Iran
2017
77 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Morteza Shabani
Reza Farahmand
Christoph Rezaie
Reza Farahmand
Reza Farahmand, Fatemeh Bonyadi, Mosayeb Hanaie
Reza Farahmand
Hasan Mahdavi
War reporting is a balancing act. What can you show? Who profits from your images? The young Iraqi reporter Noor Al Helli reports from the embattled Syrian-Iraqi border region. She sees herself as a civilian member of the anti ISIS troops and wants to expose the cruelties of the Islamists. When she meets a group of women and children captured as sympathizers of the Islamic State, her view of the enemy is shaken. Touched by their existential poverty and hopelessness, she puts the camera down and tries to understand what drove these people to join the Salafist terror organisation. She is forced to acknowledge that these women and children have no intention of giving up their worldview voluntarily. And yet: the talks are not superfluous, for they reveal paths where there seemed to be only dead ends.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Film Prize Leipziger Ring