Nahid Persson Sarvestani: Documentaries
Filmmor Women’s Film Festival

March 15 - March 22, 2015

Nahid Persson Sarvestani who was born in Iran had to flee to Sweden and take asylum because of her political activity during and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. She has been directing documentaries in Sweden since 2000 and garnered many awards including Krakow Film Festival Golden Dragon Award, Monte Carlo TV Festival Best International News Documentary Award, Sweden National Television Chrystal Award and she has been nominated International Emmy. She tells the stories about Iran, how she had to flee 30 years ago, and the hard experiences of women who survived the torture and terror in Iranian prisons with films like The Queen and I or Prostitution Behind the Veil, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2005.She continued to make films about women and she was arrested in 2006 for severely criticizing the situation of women living under the oppressing Iranian regime. With My Stolen Revolution she revealed a previously untold story about being under arrest and being tortured in Iran.

March 15

13:00 The Queen and I

March 17

19:00 My Stolen Revolution

March 18

17:00 Prostitution Behind the Veil

March 20

13:00 The Queen and I

21:00 Prostitution Behind the Veil

March 22

13:00 My Stolen Revolution

My Stolen Revolution

My Stolen Revolution

The Queen and I

The Queen and I

Prostitution Behind the Veil

Prostitution Behind the Veil

The Golden Horn

The Golden Horn

When regarding the paintings of Istanbul by western painters, Golden Horn has a distinctive place and value. This body of water that separates the Topkapı Palace and the Historical Peninsula, in which monumental edifices are located, from Galata, where westerners and foreign embassies dwell, is as though an interpenetrating boundary.

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Medicinal Herbs in Byzantium

Knowledge of plants and the practice of healing are closely entwined. The toxic or hallucinogenic nature of some roots, and the dangers associated with picking them, conferred a mythical or magical character and power. 

Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.