The Emmy award-winning producer and director Maryam Ebrahimi was born in Tehran in 1976. She studied Art and Art theory at Art faculty in Tehran and continued her education in Sweden in ’Art in the public realm’ at Konstfck.

Later she started to work as producer, director and researcher in documentary field. She co-directed and produced Nima Film’s 2012 documentary No Burqas Behind Bars, set in an Afghan women’s prison and directed the short documentary Susie’s Dollhouse for Swedish broadcaster SVT.

For Nima Film Maryam also produced I Was Worth 50 Sheep (2010) filmed in Afghanistan, Those Who Said No (2014) filmed in Iran, Sweden and Japan and Prison Sisters filmed in Sweden and Afghanistan.

Her last feature documentary as director, Stronger than a Bullet, was shot in the border between Iran and Iraq and had premiere at IDFA 2017. Documentary “Born to Struggle”, shot in Rohingya refugee camp, was her last project working with Nimafilm. She is also shooting her new documentary The Phantom pain of Rojava, a film about the women revolution in Rojava, north of Syria. The film is produced by Mantaray Film.

Maryam won the Chicken & Egg Award 2021, an award for women nonfiction filmmakers.

Accolades

Maryam Ebrahimi and Nima Sarvestani
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2011 In Afghan culture, it is possible for a father to sell his daughter and receive anywhere between nine cows…

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Maryam Ebrahimi and Nima Sarvestani
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

In a prison within a prison, 40 Afghani women and their 34 children are housed in a facility within a 500-man prison. Ironically, in one…

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Films

I Was Worth 50 Sheep
2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Sweden, Japan, United States of America
2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2011 In Afghan culture, it is possible for a father to sell his daughter and receive anywhere between nine cows…

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No Burqas Behind Bars
2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

Sweden, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark
2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

In a prison within a prison, 40 Afghani women and their 34 children are housed in a facility within a 500-man prison. Ironically, in one…

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