82 MIN
July 7th
July 8th
Cinema House, H. Malyan Hall
Cinema House, H. Malyan Hall

My Stolen Planet is a diary-style narrative by Farah, an Iranian filmmaker. Born during the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, she captures moments of joy and defiance in her daily life, navigating the contrast between domestic freedom and external oppression. Simultaneously, she collects archives from people she doesn't know. Relying on others' recordings, she gains a new perspective on losing memories. Her connection with Leyla, an Iranian professor, who left Iran during the revolution, adds a name and story to one of her archive's faces. Farah's mother, suffering from Alzheimer's, motivates her to fight against forgetting. In the fall of 2022, the Women, Life, Freedom uprising became a turning point in Farah's life, as well as in the lives of many others in Iran. This is a homemade history.

Cast & Crew
Producers: Anke Petersen, Lilian Tietjen, Farzad Pak
Director: Farahnaz Sharifi
Script: Farahnaz Sharifi
Director of Photography: Farahnaz Sharifi
Music: Atena Eshtiaghi
Sound: Daniel Wulf, Farahnaz Sharifi
Editing: Farahnaz Sharifi
Production. Jyoti Film, Pakfilm

Golden Alexander, FIPRESCI Prize, Thessaloniki Doc Film Festival, Greece, 2024; Next Generation Award, Audiens Award, Taiwan IDF, 2024; Best Film - Peter Liechti Award, Audiens Award, Bildrausch Filmfest, Basel, Switzerland, 2024; Best Documentary, IFF, Innsbruck, Austria, 2024; Audiens Award, Bolzano FF, Italy, 2024; Best Original Score, Munchen Dokfest, Germany, 2024

Farahnaz Sharifi
Farahnaz Sharifi is an award-winning filmmaker and film editor who lives in Iran, but was recently forced to go into exile at the end of 2022. She has graduated from Tehran University in Cinema studies. Her films are mostly based on archives and she tells her story with archives. Farahnaz Sharifi is also a well known film editor in Iran. Her recent work as an editor is the acclaimed film Radiograph of a Family, which won the Best Feature Length Documentary Film Award and the Award for Creative Use of Archive at the IDFA 2020. She has received many awards inside Iran and outside Iran including the Best Film Award in Uppsala Short FF and Fajr FF in Iran. In addition, she was a jury member at the IDFA FF 2021. Beside her career as a filmmaker and editor, she is also a writer and her book of short stories Breathing in Open Air has been published in Iran.

Moon’s Voice (short, 2002), Destiny (doc., 2003), Iran According to Ads (doc., 2005), My Sad Face (short, 2008), Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila (short, 2013), Profession: Documentarist (doc., 2014), Missing (doc., 2016), My Stolen Planet (doc., 2024).