AWARDS for Nimafilm


No Burqas Behind Bars

International Emmy Award

No Burqas Behind Bars

Prix Europa



Those Who Said No

The Accolade Global Film Competition


Those Who Said No

One World Documentary film Festival Prague

I Was Worth 50 Sheep


I Was Worth 50 Sheep

Asian Pasefic AwardI Was Wort 50 Sheep



Gothenburg Film Festival


Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale

Monte-Carlo Film Festival

Those Who Said No

Movies that Matter Film Festival



China International New Media Shorts Festival


No Burqas Behind Bars

Bar Film Festival

I Was Woth 50 Sheep

Amnesty International  Film Festival


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.



Nima Sarvestani received a Golden Nymph Award in the Current Affairs category at the 56th Monte Carlo TV Festival for his film Those Who Said No.

Nima Sarvestani                                                             Danny Glover

See the announcement and Nima's acceptance speech here.

Najibeh, one of the main characters in our film 'Prison Sisters'


Filmmaker Nima Sarvestani who is currently editing the documentary 'Prison Sisters' will give a seminar on his work in progress. Together with Klara Grunning from SFI and Axel Arnö from SVT he will discuss the challenges of making a sequel and the relation between filmmaker and protagonists.

This seminar is part of a whole day of work in progress discussions at TEMPO documentary film festival in Stockholm on 9 March.

More info here


The FIFDHP, the International Human Rights Film Festival, has chosen Those Who Said No to be in the official selection of the festival in April.


See you in Paris!




Those Who Said No will be screened in the official selection of the Iranian Film Festival NOOR (Light) in Los Angeles this year.

Check this space for specific dates.

Latest Productions

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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