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…
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 is Stronger than a Bullet. The film was shot in the border between Iran and Iraq and had premiere at IDFA 2017. Born to Struggle was her last project working with Nima Film. The documentary was shot in Rohingya refugee camp. She is also shooting her new documentary The Phantom Pain of Rojava, a film about the women’s 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. She has a deep knowledge of visual storytelling as well as extensive experience in location shooting.
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