Amina Maher, b. 1992,
Based in Berlin, Germany
Amina Maher (b. Tehran, 1992) is a queer filmmaker whose works deal with themes of social taboos and gender-identity in relation to violence and power structure.
She began her cinematic activity as the main protagonist in Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten” which featured the real-life relationship between Amina and her mother. Afterwards she has worked on several film projects as an actor and assistant director to her mother, Mania Akbari. She began her own filmmaking practices in 2007 by filming her friends both at school and later at university.
Two months after she began her study at Tehran University in 2010, she was arrested due to her political activities and for attending the Student Day demonstration against the dictatorship. She spent a week in the notorious Evin prison. Maher subsequently left Iran to Dubai and then to Malaysia. In 2016, she received her bachelor degree in Filmmaking from Limkokwing University in Malaysia. Her first short film was Sweet Gin and Cold Wine, followed by Orange and One Window Will Suffice in which her ex-partner Hoda Taheri played the main acting roles.
Her multi-awarded short film, Letter to my mother, was part of the competition at numerous international film festivals such as 36th Kasseler Dokfest, 35th Lovers Film Festival, 34th Mix Milano Film Festival, 38th Frauen Film Festival and 26th Cheries Cheris, LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, Paris. Among numerous reviews, the film was described as a means for survival, a way to stand up and to understand – a fearless and strong examination that touches upon the centre of the pain and dares to look precisely. َ
Due to directing controversial films, she fled to Germany in 2018. After moving to Berlin in 2019, she started her MA study in Film Directing at Babelsberg University Konrad Wolf.