Seven Winters in Teheran

Friday, 9.6.2023, 7.00 p.m.

D/FR 2023, 97 min.
Director: Steffi Niederzoll
Farsi with German subtitles.

With Reyhaneh Jabbari, Shole Pakravan, Fereydoon Jabbari, Shahrzad Jabbari, Sharare Jabbari, Parvaneh Hajilou, Mohammad Mostafaei, Samira Mokarrami, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death in 2007 for stabbing the perpetrator in self-defense during an attempted rape. Seven years later, the sentence was carried out. Steffi Niederzoll reconstructs the tragic case of the 19-year-old on the basis of video recordings, statements and memories of relatives and fellow prisoners, as well as personal letters written by Reyhaneh Jabbari in Gohardasht prison in Karadj.

Her mother Shohle Pakravan has processed the case together with the filmmaker in the book “How to Become a Butterfly”, which she will present on June 7 at the Literaturhaus, and then on Friday evening both will be guests for a film discussion.

“Seven Winters in Tehran” was awarded the Friedensfilmpreis at the Berlinale 2023 as well as best film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section (Kompass Perspective Film Prize).

* A purchase is worthwhile from the fourth film onwards.


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Steffi Niederzoll (*1981 in Nuremberg) studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne; her graduation film “Lea”, premiered at the 58th Berlinale. She is a founding member of the “Laboratory for Applied Expression”, which transforms public space into a platform for political opinions.