Thanks to partnership with Sarajevo Film Festival, RAFF brings a remarkable documentary to our SEAPLEX „KAICH“ screen for the final night of the festival.

The program starts at 8 PM at Padova 1 bay.



The film „Born in Evin“ opened at 2019. Berlinale, and in Sarajevo it was shown as a part of „Dealing with the Past“ program.

„Born in Evin“ follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world. Exactly forty years have passed since the monarchy of the Shah of Iran was toppled and the Islamic Republic declared. In the 1980’s Ayatollah Khomeini, the so-called religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested, persecuted and murdered. Among them the filmmaker’s parents who, after years in prison, managed to seek asylum in Germany. The family never talked about their persecution and imprisonment. Maryam Zaree faces the decades-long silence and explores her own questions about the place and the circumstances of her birth.

She meets the survivors, talks to the experts and searches for other children borni n that same prison, hoping to find answers to personal and political questions.


  • County of origin: Germany, Austria (2019)
  • Length: 95 minutes
  • Director: Maryam Zaree
  • DOP: Siri Klug
  • Editing: Dieter Pichler
  • Sound: Rudolf Gottsberger
  • Producers: Ira Tondowski, Alex Tondowski, Arash T. Riahi
  • Production companies: Tondowski Films, Golden Girls Films
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