watch later

Not interested / seen

Born in Evin (2020)Born in Evin (2020)

Born in Evin (2020)

Born in Iran's worst prison, a filmmaker's quest for truth

Documentary

7.5

movie

Austria, Germany
English, French, German
Discussion-sparking, Instructive, Thought-provoking
2020
Female director, Maryam Zaree
Marya Sirous, Maryam Zaree, Soraya Zangbari
98 min

Synopsis

rotten tomatoes
imdb
wikipedia
Follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world.

Our Take

7.5
The Staff

This earnest documentary is about filmmaker and actress Maryam Zaree’s journey to unravel the truth about her birth. Her parents are part of a generation of Iranian revolutionaries who were jailed, many executed, and now have taken exile in Europe. The torture and difficult prison conditions they experienced are cause for so much trauma that Maryam, born in prison, has not been told anything about her birth. Her mom, now Germany’s first foreign-born mayor, cannot get past tears to tell a story that Maryam is determined to know. 

Her mom is not the only one who is unable to tell the story, as Maryam’s quest uncovers more silence. In the end, Born in Evin is as much about the question of “is the truth worth getting told?” as it is about the truth itself. It’s a heartfelt exploration of trauma, both for the generation that experienced it and for the generation that follows.

Comments

What did you think? Who should watch it?

Next up

Metropolitan (1990)

7.0

A little something for the Scott Fitzgerald (and Gossip Girl) fans

Bull Durham (1988)

7.5

An uncommonly character-driven sports drama with a trio of star performances

Rewind (2020)

best

8.0

A harrowing account of child abuse and a family's role in sustaining or preventing it

Till (2022)

7.5

The latest entry in a long line of social issue dramas, Till stands out for its nuanced blend of intimacy and universality

Triangle Of Sadness (2022)

7.8

A fun and messy takedown of the rich

I Killed My Mother (2009)

7.0

An unflinchingly honest family drama from a young filmmaker, authentic down to its imperfections

The Kings of the World (2022)

best

8.4

A knife-sharp account of five kids' journey to land restitution and self-determination

The Souvenir Part II (2021)

best

8.1

An insightful look into the painstaking process of translating one's truth onto the cinema screen

The Red Turtle (2017)

best

8.5

An astonishing, dialogue-free animated fable featuring nature as its only protagonist

Mars One (2023)

best

8.2

A beautiful, nuanced, and down-to-earth family drama from Brazil
agmtw
eu

© 2023 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.

We are home to the best film and TV on popular streaming services. Supported only by readers like you and by public grants.