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The Female Voice of Iran

Dealing with cultural censorship in Iran, women singers started using also digital media more. Invited by Negar, a magical entity, female voices from all over this vast country come out of isolation, gather in a garden in the very middle of Iran to make their dream come true. Nobody has tried this before, so Negar seeks the help of two travellers to connect. Along the way they meet surprisingly strong female personalities of diverse cultural backgrounds and come closer to understanding the orient...

  • Andreas Rochholl
    Director
  • Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin
    Producer
  • Baran Mozafari
    Key Cast
  • Mina Deris
    Key Cast
  • Samin Ghorbani
    Key Cast
  • Maliheh Moradi
    Key Cast
  • Jamileh Amaniyan
    Key Cast
  • Mahya Hamedi
    Key Cast
  • Maedeh Tabatabaei
    Key Cast
  • Haleh Seyfizadeh
    Key Cast
  • Sahar Zibaei
    Key Cast
  • Masoomeh Gorginpour
    Key Cast
  • Shadi Behyar
    Key Cast
  • Yalda Yazdani
    Associate Producer
  • Sebastian Leitner
    Associate Producer
  • Sebastian Leitner
    Editor
  • Alexander Semrow
    Sound Mixer
  • Volker Wendisch
    Sound Mixer
  • Sebastian Leitner
    Camera
  • Andreas Rochholl
    Camera
  • Christoph Wieland
    Camera
  • Yalda Yazdani
    Production Manager
  • KADMOS Produktion
    Production company
  • SLFilm Media
    Production company
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Human RIghts, Music, Current affairs
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    XAVC HD in 24p
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1998x1080
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • EuroArts Music Sales
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Andreas Rochholl

Andreas Rochholl is a filmmaker and producer of music film, music theatre and music festivals, based in Berlin. Graduated at Folkwang University of the Arts Essen in directing and singing, postgraduate studies in camera technology and cinematography at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Selected filmography: Music from Iran, documentaries and portraits for the festival Female Voice of Iran 2017 and 2018 · SUTURA, music film 2014 · Half the Heart, music film 2013 · I met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg, music film 2012 · Kroll, film opera 2006

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Director Statement

We are working close with people from the younger generation who grew up in Iran after the Islamic revolution, portraying unheard, unknown singers. With short music videos we made them more popular on Instagram, which has become the only open platform for female singers in Iran, they are prohibited to perform publicly on stage as solo acts. But also Instagram is now at risk to being filtered and censored as well, just like so many other platforms. This film is a message to stand against political post imperialistic points of view and one-sided press or repetitive negative media coverage about Iran.