An Afghan teenager who has emigrated with her parents to Iran strives to pursue her dream of becoming a professional Muay Thai boxer. And she is determined not to let the conservative mindset of her family, her experience of physical abuse nor the anti-immigrant hostility of those around her stop her. Working day and night, she finances her boxing classes without her parents’ knowledge. Through this sport, she hopes not only to succeed in the ring but also to overcome the difficulties of life. Maydegol depicts the perseverance of Generation Z who are seeking to escape their seemingly bleak destinies and assert their rights, with young women in particular looking for freedom – even at the risk of losing their lives. A film that also serves as a mirror for the audience in which they can recognise their own strength.
by Sarvnaz Alambeigi
with Maydegol, Mohadesseh, Farzaneh
Iran / Germany / France 2024 Farsi, Dari, Subtitles: English 73' World premiere | Documentary form | recommendation: 14 years and up

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  • Maydegol
  • Mohadesseh
  • Farzaneh


DirectorSarvnaz Alambeigi
ScreenplaySarvnaz Alambeigi
CinematographyMehdi Azadi
EditingHamid Najafirad
Sound DesignEnsieh Leyla Maleki
SoundShahin Pourdadashi
Colour CorrectionDirk Meier
ProducersKatayoon Shahabi, Sarvnaz Alambeigi

Produced by

Rabison Art

Düsseldorf, Germany

Rabison Art

Teheran, Iran

Noori Pictures

Paris, France

Sarvnaz Alambeigi

The Iranian multidisciplinary artist is best known for her documentary filmmaking and her painting. She graduated from the Graphic Art School and studied painting at the University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Between 2013 to 2018, she took film training at the Documentary Campus Masterschool and the Danish Film School. Her most notable work is 1001 Nights Apart which won the VFF Documentary Film Production Award at DOK.fest in Munich. The film was released in cinemas across Germany in 2022 and also screened on TV channels including Arte, SVT, TVO and Avrotros.

Filmography (documentaries)

2014 Otaghe Dovom (The Second Room) 2017 Noghte Va Shir (Cypher and Lion) · Tomorrowland 2022 Hezaro Yek Shab Doori (1001 Nights Apart) 2024 Maydegol

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