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Nahid Persson Sarvestani

Born in Shiraz, Iran, Nahid Persson Sarvestani took political asylum in Sweden as a result of her political activism during and after the 1979 revolution in Iran. Since 2000 Nahid has pursued a successful career as a documentary filmmaker in Sweden.

Nahidís social-political films have been harshly critical of the position of women under the Islamic Republic regime. In 2006 Nahid was arrested in Iran for her critical depiction of women under the Islamic Republic regime. The release of her upcoming film My stolen revolutio reveals an yet not told story about inprisonment and torture in Iran.

Nahid is the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden
Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival, Best International News Documentary
at the TV-festival 2005 in Monte Carlo, as well as The Crystal Award
(Kristallen) by SVT (Swedish State Television) and an International Emmy nomination for Prostitution Behind the Veil.

Nahid Persson has on several occasions portrayed her former home country Iran in films that have gained international reputation, such as The Queen and I and Prostitution behind the veil that was nominated to an Emmy award in 2005. Her new project concerns the history of a country she was forced to leave 30 years ago, where she today meets the women who met the torture and terror in Iranian prisons that she managed to escape. Through their stories, she gains understanding of the horrible experiences these women share with her friends and family.

History is repeating itself and today Iranian men and women are imprisoned for their beliefs. Prisoners in Hell is the story of an unbearable past as well as an unacceptable situation of today.

During her long career as documentary film maker, Nahid Persson has gained an international reputation which open doors for truly international projects. (01/14)


My Stolen Revolution
A film by Nahid Persson Sarvestani, 2013, 75 min., Color

A student activist in Iranís 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby after Islamist...



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