A documentary film by Chowra Makaremi

71 min / documentary / 2019

Produced by Alter Ego

recipient of the SCAM « Brouillon d’un Rêve » grant
with scriptwriting, development and reinforced development support from the CNC (National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image)-FAIA
with development support 
from Ciclic / Region of Centre-Val de Loire and Procirep-Angoa
this film is in residence with Périphérie – Centre de création cinématographique as part of its partnership with the Seine-Saint-Denis Department

My mother was arrested in 1981, a dissident to the Islamic Republic of Iran. I was 7 months old. She was imprisoned and tortured. Seven years later she disappeared, during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners that claimed thousands. In Iran, this remains taboo. Examining this history of violence and denial, I wonder: how does an absence of physical bodies restrain our memories, in cases when politics touches upon the most intimate aspects of human life? And when personal experience is the only thing to bear witness to politics

Festival Selection:

États généraux du film documentaire de Lussas – France – 2019
Jean Rouch Festival – Ethnographic Film Committee – France – 2019 – Best First Film
Les Écrans Documentaires – France – 2019 – Student Prize