Archive of films Dream's Gate / Darvazeye royaha

Iran / France / Norway
2023, 78 min

Section: Another Birth. Iranian Cinema Here and Now
Year: 2023


It feels as though my camera is filled with despair, just like me; it is filled with sorrow, just like me,” is the suggestive assertion from Negin Ahmadi, the young director and protagonist of this mesmeric debut. Negin leaves Tehran and sets out with her camera in order to follow the lives of an all-female militia group fighting in Syrian Kurdistan. It isn’t long before she starts to identify with these women soldiers since she discovers that the motives which led to the point where her filmmaking has placed her life in jeopardy also apply to the young combatants, who are similarly under threat of attack. Thus, for Negin, the filming process becomes a soul-searching diary that provocatively denounces the established cinematic narratives of war.

Lorenzo Esposito

About the director

Negin Ahmadi

Negin Ahmadi (1989, Iran). Selected filmography: Dream’s Gate (Darvazeye royaha, 2023).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another Birth. Iranian Cinema Here and Now
Director: Negin Ahmadi
Dir. of Photography: Negin Ahmadi
Music: Hosein Mirzagholi
Editor: Loghman Sokhanvar
Producer: Elaheh Nobakht
Production: Eli Image
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Negin Ahmadi

Film Director

Elaheh Nobakht



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