Maryam Ebrahimi (SE)

Director, documentary filmmaker. Born 1976 in Tehran, Iran. Moved to Sweden in 2004. Studied at the Art University of Tehran and Stockholm’s University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, “Art in the public space”.

Maryam Ebrahimi lives and works in Stockholm. Ebrahimi has produced the feature documentaries I Was Worth 50 Sheep (2010), a tragic story about the selling of young girls in Afghanistan in the name of marriage, and No Burqas Behind Bars (2012), which showed how moral crimes are used to control women in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The film was shot under a long period of time inside a women’s prison. It was awarded an international Emmy in 2014.

Stronger Than a Bullet (2018) premiered at IDFA, and is a documentary about  war propaganda, manipulation and control. Devoted to the Iranian Revolution, Saeid documented the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988) from the eye of the event. His dream was to be a martyr, and many of his photos were used to create war propaganda for martyrdom. Today he views himself as being responsible for sending thousands of boys to their graves. Stronger Than a Bullet is her first full-length feature documentary as director.

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Basic info

Main profession: Director
Born: 1976
Active: 2011-


Stronger than a bullet (2018)
Sussie och dockhuset (2015)
The Death Row (2014)

Stronger than a bullet (2018)
Sussie och dockhuset (2015)
The Death Row (2014)

Systrar bakom galler (2017)
Frihet bakom galler (2013)
Jag var värd 50 lamm (2011)

Frihet bakom galler (2013)

Systrar bakom galler (2017)

Read more about the films at Svensk Filmdatabas (SE)


2018: Tempo Documentary Award (Stronger Than A Bullet).
2018: FIPA Best International Documentary (Stronger Than A Bullet).
2014: Emmy, Bästa dokumentär (Frihet bakom galler).
2014: Eric Forsgrens dokumentärfilmspris (Frihet bakom galler).
2014: China International New Media Shorts Festival, Jury’s Award (The Death Row).
2011: Asian Pacific Screen Awards, Bästa dokumentär (I was worth 50 sheep).

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