Seven Winters in Tehran
Sieben Winter in Teheran
Steffi Niederzoll delicately and with great care lays out the story of 19-year-old architecture student Reyhaneh Jabbari, who, in 2007, stabbed a man in self-defence after he tried to rape her. Jabbari was then arrested and sentenced to death. During the next seven years of the judicial process, Jabbari’s supporters scramble to save her, revealing the rotten, prejudiced state of Iran’s justice system. Drawing on footage smuggled out of the country, the film includes interviews with Jabbari’s family members and former prison inmates, who bravely criticize Iran’s patriarchal establishment. Both infuriating and heartbreaking, Niederzoll’s film is another reminder of the suffering Iranian women have endured for decades. And of the resilience of those who are still speaking up and sharing their voices and their stories for the world to hear. Seven Winters in Tehran is a compelling true-crime narrative using the facts of the case to call attention to the dissolution of women’s rights in Iran. For those interested in human rights, true-crime, masterful documentaries or cinema that is urgent, compelling and profoundly moving, this is strongly recommended.
Steffi Niederzoll was born in Nuremberg in 1981. She studied audiovisual media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) and the Escuela de Cine y Television in Cuba (EICTV) from 2001-2007. Her short films have successfully screened at numerous renowned national and international film festivals such as Berlinale. Together with Shole Pakravan, she wrote the book How to Become a Butterfly, which will be published by Berlin Verlag in 2023.
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