BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
|Be My Voice
|Sweden, UK, Ireland, USA, Norway
|Nahid Persson, Rostam Persson
|RealReel Doc AB
Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad is the voice of millions of Iranian women rebelling against the hijab. Leading from exile one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Iran today, Masih uses her freedom to prevent silence from stifling protest in her country. But courage, obviously, has a price: Masih and her family must deal with the threats of an oppressive and violent regime…
Born in Shiraz, Nahid Persson received political asylum in Sweden as a result of her political activism during and after the 1979 revolution in Iran. Since 2000 you have pursued a successful career as a documentary filmmaker in Sweden. Nahid’s sociopolitical films harshly criticize the position of women in the Islamic Republic. During a trip to Iran, after the release of the award-winning Prostitution Behind the Veil, Nahid was arrested and interrogated by the secret police. While under house arrest he secretly completed the documentary Four Wives – One Man. Nahid won numerous awards, including the Golden Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival, the award for Best International Current Affairs Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, the Swedish Television (SVT) Kristallen Award, the Swedish Guldbagge and an Emmy nomination for Prostitution Behind the Veil. She also received the Swedish Ganneviksstipendiet award in the film category for her work.