"In September 2022, I traveled to Iran to work on another film, and suddenly I found myself in the middle of an uprising, a revolution that had already begun before the tragic death of Mahsa Jina Amini in the custody of so called moral police. But her death was the beginning of a new era in Iran's current history. It was a historic momentum that many people, including myself, had been waiting for for a long time. Many referred to it as the first feminist revolution in modern history. Be that as it may, today's Iran and its young generation are at a point of no return." [Ayat Najafi]
Ayat Najafi, film and theatre director, multimedia artist, born in 1976 in Tehran, lives in Berlin. His focus is on interdisciplinary and multimedia theatre as well as experimental and documentary films. His two feature documentaries Football Under Cover (2008) and No Land's Song (2014) were screened at more than a hundred international festivals and won numerous awards. He has produced theatre plays at Hebel Am Ufer – Berlin, Ballhaus Ost – Berlin and Iranian Artists' Forum – Tehran, among others. His theater productions have been performed at the Fajr Festival, Iran, as well as at international festivals, such as Kunsten Festival des Arts – Brussels. In 2017, he co-created the collective art project Sandstorm – And Then There Was Dust. The exhibition presenting the outcomes of the project opened at Depo Istanbul, September 2020 with artists from Iran, Iraq and Turkey and followed in Galerie im Körnerpark Berlin.