Seven Winters in Tehran

Sieben Winter in Teheran

Iran, 2007: Reyhaneh Jabbari, 19, is convicted of murdering the man who tried to rape her. Her subsequent protest makes her a symbol of resistance and women's rights even beyond the borders of Iran.


Berlinale (2023) – Winner: Peace Film Award

Berlinale (2023) – Nominated: Berlinale Documentary Award

Berlinale (2023) – Winner: Compass-Perspektive Award

CPH:DOX (2023) – Winner: F:ACT Award

Docudays UA Int'l Documentary Human Rights Film Fest (2023) – Nominated: Docu/World

Docudays UA Int'l Documentary Human Rights Film Fest (2023) – Nominated: Rights Now!

FIFDH (2023) – Nominated: Special Mention

The Hague Movies that Matter Festival (2023) – Winner: Activist Documentary Award

African Premiere
SA Premiere
Screenings – CT
Lab1Mon 26 June 7.30pm
Screenings – JHB
ZoneNouv 12Sat 1 July 7.30pm


Steffi Niederzoll


France | Germany | Iran



Running Time:

97 min



This devastating documentary tells the story of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a female student in Tehran, who was hanged for murder after she acted in self-defence against a rapist who held an important position in Iranian society. Told over the seven years from 2007 to 2014, the film chronicles the attempts by Jabbari and her family to extract leniency from the state and the dead man’s family. In Iran, murder is a ‘blood revenge’ crime and punishment is determined by the family of the victim. Reconstructed from secretly recorded videos provided by Jabbari’s family and the letters she wrote in prison, Seven Winters in Tehran is a powerful tribute to a woman who, in both her life and her death, became an enduring symbol of resistance and women’s rights throughout Iran and beyond.

Courtesy of the Goethe-Institut JHB