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Seven Winters in Tehran (15) [UK Premiere] + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2023

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Reyhaneh is sentenced to death in Iran for the murder of a man who tried to rape her. The efforts her family and supporters undertake open a window into the mass oppression and silencing of women. 

Tehran, July 2007: Reyhaneh Jabarri, 19, has a business meeting with a new client. When he locks her in the apartment and attempts to rape her, she reacts in self-defense by stabbing him. Later that day, she is arrested for murder, and her trial results in a death sentence.

Using secretly recorded videos provided by Reyhaneh's family, their testimonies, and the beautiful, lyrical letters written by Reyhaneh from prison, this film opens a window into the many ways women are oppressed and silenced in Iran, and the immense risks taken by those who defend and support them.

We are delighted to welcome filmmaker Steffi Niederzoll and film participant Shole Pakravan (both via zoom), plus Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari, and Senior Researcher of Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, Rothna Begum, for a conversation after the film.


Germany/France 2023 Dir Steffi Niederzoll 97 min (in the Farsi language)

Official Selection, Berlinale 2023 
Winner Independent Peace Prize and Compass-Perspektive-Award, Berlinale 2023

Please note: This film contains descriptions of rape, sexual slavery involving a minor, imprisonment, torture, and execution.

‘Seven Winters in Tehran shows very clearly the patriarchy and injustices experienced by women in Iran, as well as how laws protect the honor of men.‘
Regina Tames, Deputy Director, Women's Rights, Human Rights Watch

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