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Those Who Said No

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Those Who Said No

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I Was Worth 50 Sheep

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Mandana Moghaddam, Nima Sarvestani and Maryam Ebrahimi presenting PRISON SISTERS at the 2017 Gothenburg Film Festival.







PRISON SISTERS takes us through the journey of two young women who have been released from prison in Afghanistan. Sara’s uncle has planned to kill her an attempt to save his honor in their small village. Fearing for her life Sara escapes to Sweden, but Najibeh stays behind. While Sara struggles with her newfound freedom, her prison-mate Najibeh disappears and soon Sara hears that she was stoned to death. Sara and the filmmaker want to find out the truth, only to encounter a maze of half- truths on the streets of Afghanistan. We follow the two main characters, revealing what happened to them - each with an exceptional fate depicting the horrific reality for women in Afghanistan.


Director: Nima Sarvestani   

Producer: Maryam Ebrahimi  

Executive producer: Axel Arno

Production Company: Nima Film Sweden

Director of photography: Vahid Zarezadeh 

Screenplay: Nima Sarvestani  

Editor: Jesper Osmund  

Audio post and mix: Torsten Rundqvist 

Music: Stephan Levin 

Narration: Nima Sarvestani 


In 2016 the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights awarded the Marek Nowicki Prize to Nima Sarvestani.

There is no other documentary filmmaker whose films manage to make it into WATCH DOCS program on such a regular basis. Since 2010, every film Sarvestani has made has appeared at WATCH DOCS in December. The films by the Marek Nowicki Prize winner appear as if they were made specifically with this festival in mind.

His just completed trilogy devoted to Afghan women—I Was Worth 50 Sheep, No Burqas Behind Bars, and his latest work, Prison Sisters—Sarvestani's films present a painfully honest picture of a society in which women are able to feel free only in prison. Sarvestani's great sense of the cultures he describes, his tenacity in pursuing often-concealed truths, and his enormous narrative talent bear fruit in his unique kind of documentary action films with stories that, while they really are stranger than fiction, are in fact painfully true.



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Prison Sisters


Those Who Said No

Those Who Said No is a film about people who refuse to be silenced, people who fight for the right to tell their story in court.

No Burqas Behind Bars

Thakhar Prison. 40 women. 34 children. Four cells. No burqas.

The Death Row

A Short Film By Maryam Ebrahimi



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