LETTER TO MY MOTHER (19 Min)

"A film that shows a processing through media: a fearless and strong autobiographical examination. LETTER TO MY MOTHER chooses a radically intimate perspective. It is an examination that touches upon the center of the pain and that dares to look precisely. It finds exact scenes for despair and cruelty and searches openly for ways of coping. "

36th Kassel documentary International Film Festival

"A heartfelt letter to tell the mother the most painful of secrets. Amina, who in 2002 was the small protagonist of Ten by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood."

- 35th Lovers Film Festival

Director, Producer, Distributor & Scriptwriter: Amina Maher

Cast: Dariush Baradari, Amina Maher
Director of photography: ِDavid Simon Groß

Sound Artist: Ynez de Zilón

Sound design and mix: Benedikt Ludwig, Alex Feldman

Edit: Amina Maher
Cinematographer: Mamoun Abufarha
First Assistant Director: Niki Nemati
Sound Recordist: Adam Asnan, Ali Nikkhouy

 


Color, HD, 16:9   |   19 Min   |   2019, Germany-Iran 


Project Type: Short Documentary Film
Genre: Experimental, Auto-ethnographic
Country of Production: Germany-Iran
Country of Filming: Germany, Malaysia, Iran
Runtime: 19 minutes
Languages: Persian, English, German
Year of Production: 2019 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film, Letter to my mother has received 25 international awards and more than 100 Festival Selections. 

 

 


 

1. 36th Kasseler Documentary Film Festival
Berlin, Germany
November 15, 2019
National Premiere
Nomination for the Golden Key Award
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2. 34th Mix Milano Film Festival
Milan, Italy
September 17, 2020
Regional Premiere
Nomination for the best Short Film
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3. 35th Lovers Film Festival
Turin, Italy
October 22, 2020
Turin Premiere
Out of Competition
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4. 26th Chéries-Chéris Festival
Paris, France
November 14 - 20, 2020
Nomination for Queer Shorts
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5. 23rd Indie Memphis Int. Film Festival
Memphis, United States
October 21, 2020
Memphis Premiere
Winner of Special Jury Prize and Audience Award,

Experimental Competition
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Link to watch Award Winners
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6. 15th Queer Xposed Film Festival
Berlin, Germany
May 10, 2020
Nomination for the Lolly Award
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7. 27th Blue Sea Film Festival
Rauma, Finland
August 21, 2020
Finnish Premiere
26th BALTIC HERRING Short Film Competition
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8. 15th Mexico Shorts
Mexico City, Mexico
September 18 – 29, 2020
Latin American Premiere
Winner of Special Jury Prize,

International Documentary Competition,

International Queer Shorts Competition (LGBTQIA+)
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Interview: https://vimeo.com/463229526

9. 22nd Belo Horizonte Int. Short Film Festival
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
October 22, 2020
Brazilian Premiere
Official Selection, Political body
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10. Indiex Film Festival
Los Angeles, United States
July 15, 2020
American Premiere
Winner of the Best Short Doc
festival information 
https://indiexfest.com/award-winners-july-2020/

 

 

 

 

 


11. Impact Docs Awards
San Diego, California, United States
July 28, 2020
California Premiere
Winner of the Award of Recognition
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12. 31st Bamberger Kurzfilmtage
Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
8.-28. März 2021
Official Selection 
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13. Luminous Frames Film Festival
Denmark
October 23 – 24, 2020
Danish Premiere
Winner of the Best Documentary Short
Nomination for Best Editing and Best Producer
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14. Ontario International Film Festival
Ontario, Canada
October 16 – 25, 2020
Winner of Best Int. Documentary Film
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15. 9th Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
October 23, 2020
Spanish Premiere
Official Selection
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16. 18th Ischia Films of the year,
Napoli, Italy,
19.02 - 21.02 2021
Official Selection 
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17. 15th Bridge Film Festival
Vancouver, Canada
May 6– 7, 2021
Winner of Best Dramatic Short Film
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18. 4th Alternative Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 2020, 23.12 - 28.12
Int. Competition
Winner of Best Writer International
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19. 14th Glasgow Short Film Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
8.-28. März 2021
Official Selection 
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20. 1st Indo French International Film Festival, 
Pondicherry, India
December 2020, 01.12 - 13.12
Winner of Special Jury Award
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21. Asian Cinematography Awards (ACA)
Athens, Greece
December 2020
Winner Best Experimental Short film,

Winner Best LGBTQ Short film
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22. 22nd International Youth Media Festival YOUKI
Wels, Austria
November 17, 2020
Austrian Premiere
International Competition
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23. Venice Intercultural Film Festival
Venice, Italy
May 14, 2020
National Premiere
Winner of Best Short Doc. on Human Rights
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Interview 

 

 

 


24. 12th Tagore International Film Festival
Bolpur, India
April 21, 2020
National Premiere
Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award
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25. 18th Cinemadamare Film Festival
Rome, Italy
August 5, 2020
Regional (Rome) Premiere
Main competition
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26. 14th Lublin International Film Festival
Lublin, Poland
November 23, 2020
Polish Premiere
Nominated for the best Short Film
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27. 3rd Rangkarmi International Short Film Festival
Mumbai, India
November 27, 2020
Mumbai Premiere
First Prize in Documentary Category
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28. 10th Sicilia Queer filmfest
Palermo, Italy
September 19, 2020
Queer Short Competition
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29.  9th Ultra Cinema
Tepic, Nay, Mexico
November 13, 2020
No Premiere
Nominated for the best Short Film
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30. 11th Ecrans Mixtes
Lyon, France
October 29, 2020
No Premiere
Nominated for the Ecrans Mixtes Award
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31. 6th Int. Queer and Migrant Film Fest. Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 3, 2020
Netherlands Premiere
Official Selection
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32. 6th Secs Fest
Seattle, United States
September 11, 2020
American Premiere
Nominated for best short film
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33. 10th Asti International Film Festival (ATFF)
Asti, Italy
9-13 Feb 2021 
Official selection
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34. Point of PreVyou Film Festival, Babylon Kino
Berlin, Germany
April 25, 2020
Berlin Premiere
Nominated for the best short film
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35. Les Mains Gauches,

Queer Feminist Short Film Fest
Marseille, France
May 26, 2020
Marseille Premiere
Official Selection
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36. 11th Même Pas Peur -

International Film festival of Reunion Island
Saint-Philipe, Réunion
February 17-21, 2021
Official Selection
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37.  6th Concepcion Independent Film Awards
Concepción, Chile
August 7, 2020
Chile Premiere
Official Selection
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38. Humano Film Festival
Baja California, Mexico
September 17, 2020
Nomination for the best short film
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39. 6th Lonely Seal Int. Film,

Screenplay and Music Fest.
Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
October 7, 2020
Official Selection
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40. 12th Reel Desires:

Chennai International Queer Film Festival, 
Chennai, India,
December 2020, 01.12 - 13.12
Int. Competition
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41.11th International Film Festival GLBT

2020 ¨ Santo Domingo OUTFEST
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
December 2020
Official Selection
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42.  RAINBOW Cinema Awards - LGBT Film Festival
New York, United States
August 28, 2020
Semi-Finalist
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43. 4th Director's Cut International Film Festival
British Columbia, Canada
October 2, 2020
Semi-Finalist
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44. 7th Proceso de Error

– Fest. Int. de Video Experimental
Valparaiso, Chile
December 9, 2020
Valparaiso Premiere
Official Selection
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45. Soura Film Festival
Berlin, Germany
October 4, 2020
No Premiere
Xposed Love Letters
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46. Indie Short Awards
Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 8, 2020
Argentinian Premiere
Nomination for the best short Film
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47. Linz International Short Film Festival
Linz, Austria
12 - 15, 2020
Austrian Premiere
Nomination for the best short film
festival information 
Interview: https://linzisff.festivee.com/im-listening-letter-to-my-mother-interview

 


48. Human-Environment Care Film Festival HECFF
Ontario, Canada
November 5 – 8, 2020
Official Selection
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49. Festival Ecuatoriano de Cine Atuk
Pichincha, Ecuador
Ecuador Premiere
Official Selection
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50. Golden Short Film Festival
Abruzzo, Italy
January 2, 2021
Official Selection
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51. Cinalfama
Lisbon, Portugal
October, 2020
Portugese Premiere
Official Selection
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52. Muestra Erotica
Bogota, Colombia
October 1 – 17, 2020
Colombian Premiere
Official Selection
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53. Cinema d’iDEA
Rome, Italy
November 15 – 21, 2020
Official Selection
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54. 6th Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Cannes, France
November 27 – 30, 2020
Official Selection
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55. 5th Ficma 2020
Mexico City, Mexico
December 1-5, 2020
Official Selection
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56. Bari International Gender Film Festival
Bari, Italy
December 3-12, 2020
Official Selection
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57. Holland Film Festival
North Holland, Netherlands
June, 2021
Official Selection
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58. GRRL HAUS CINEMA
Berlin, Germany
Postponed
Official Selection
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59. Alvsbyn Film Festival
Alvsbyn, Sweden
September 4, 2020
Swedish Premiere
Official Selection
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60. Aab International Film Festival
Punjab, India
August 8, 2020
Nomination for the best documentary
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61. Vesuvius international Film Festival
Campania, Italy
31st October 2021
LGBT Short Competition
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62. American Golden Picture Int. Film Festival
Florida, USA
January 2021
Main Competition
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63. Rome Int. Movie Awards
Rome, Italy
November 6, 2020
Official Selection
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64. Kalakari Film Fest
Dewas, Malwa, India
August 25, 2020
No Premiere
Official Selection
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65. Sparrowland Short Film Festival
Brisbane, Australia
February 18, 2021
Official Selection
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66. Urruvatti Film Festival
Tamil Nadu, India
December 2020
Best LGBT Short film
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67. Aphrodite Film Awards
New York, USA
December 2020
Official Selection
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68. Golden Short Film Festival
Second quarter competition 2020/21
Finalist Short Documentary Film
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69. CIFT Festival Toronto
Toronto, Canada
January 2021
Official Selection
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70. 5th Festival Du Film Jeune De Lyon
Lyon, France
September 19, 2020
French Premiere
Nomination for the best Documentary
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71. Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Athens, Greece
December 2020
Honorable mention
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72. Pure Magic International Film Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 2020
Special Mention Award
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73. Lulea International Film Festival
Lulea, Sweden
November-December 2020

(Screening in September 2021)
Award Winner, Category LGBT Film 
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74. Toronto Queer Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
Online screening 24-28 March 2021 
Official Selection 
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75. Cinema Femme 
1-28 February, 2021
Short Film Showcase selection 
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76. Kalaburagi International Short Film Festival
Gulbarga, India
February 27-28, 2021
Official Selection 
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77. Artbox International Film Festival
Madhya Pradesh, India
February 2021
Official Selection 
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78. Queerbee LGBT International Film Festival
London, UK
March 5, 9 October 2021
Official Selection 
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79. Roma Short Film International Film Festival
Rome, Italy
March 4 2021
Official Selection 
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80. Sweden Film Awards
Stockholms, Sweden
January 20, 2021
Official Selection 
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81. Screen Power Film Festival
London, UK
25 July 2021 
Winner of Best Experimental Film
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82. New Wave International Short Festival.
Munich, Germany
November 2020 (Screening 18-25 Jan 2021)
Winner Best LGBT Film
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83. 7th Findecoin Int. Independent Film Festival          
Venezuela 
23.02 - 25.03 2021
Official Selection 
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84. 6th Film Festival Bremen
Germany
14.04 - 18.04 2021
Official Selection 
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85.  Oxford International Short Film Festival

UK

27.07.2021

Official Selection 

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86.   2nd Onyko Films Awards
Tallinn, Estonia
December 20 – 21, 2021
Official Selection 
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87.   Niagara Falls International Short Film Festival
New York, United States
July 10, 2021
Official Selection 
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88.   3rd We Make Movies International Film Festival
Los Angeles, United State
September 08, 2021
Official Selection 
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89.   4th The Great Indian Film Festival
Gurgaon, India
May 27 – 28, 2022
Official Selection 
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90.   Cinema Femme Short-Film Festival
Chicago, United State
February, 2022
Official Selection 
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91.   Flikkers Queer Film Festival
Birmingham, England
February 26, 2021
Winner Best Documentary Film
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92.   12th KASHISH Mumbai Int. Queer Film Festival
        Mumbai, India
August 19, 2021
Official Selection 
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93.   5th Human Rights Film Festival Brazil
        São Paulo, Brazil
March 31, 2021
Official Selection 
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94.   5th Beirut International Women Film Festival
        Beirut, Lebonan
21 May, 2021
Official Selection 
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95.   5th Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival
        Ramsgate, UK
June 3 – 6, 2021
Official Selection 
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96.   3rd Hollywood North Film Awards
Toronto, Canada
May 30, 2021
Official Selection 
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97.   3rd FestCiMM - The Mid-World Film Festival
Sao Paolo, Brazil
May 30, 2021
Official Selection 
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98. 15th Scottish Mental Health Arts FestivalSMHAF
        Scotland, UK
May 03, 2021
Winner of the best Experimental Film
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99. 16th Davis Femenist Film Festival
        Davis, United State
28 – 30 May, 2021
Nomination for the best Film
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100. 4th Porn Film Festival 
        Vienna, Austria
October 6 – 10, 2021
Official Selection
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