Germany, Iran, United States 2021 – Director: Sarvnaz Alambeigi – Original language: English, Farsi – Subtitles: German

This film can be seen in our online film library DOK.fest @home Selection since February 2023:

Since November 2022, you can find a new film every month on our online platform for artistic feature-length documentary films. You can view the other selections here in the overview. Since 1 February 1001 NIGHTS APART is available for you for a fee of 5.00 euros.


In Iran, dancing is forbidden – but some young people in Tehran are trying to teach themselves how to do it behind closed doors. They know hardly anything about the history of Iranian dance before the Revolution. Sarvnaz Alambeigi has discovered some rare film footage of the National Ballet from back then. How can someone bring together the old and the new generations of dance? Anna Magdalena Hofer



1001 NIGHTS APART and our film selection in July, THE UNSEEN, are presented in cooperation with the Cinema Iran Festival (13-16 July 2023, Gasteig Munich). The programme will thus be extended beyond the local stage for the first time with films on the digital screen.


Writer: Sarvnaz Alambeigi. Camera: Mehdi Azadi. Sound: Ensieh Maleki. Editing: Hamid Najafirad. Music: Masoud Sekhavatdoust. Production: Filmpunkt GmbH, Rabison Art Production, Louise Rosen Ltd, SWR/ARTE. Producer: Sarvnaz Alambeigi, Stefan Tolz, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Louise Rosen. Length: 80 min. International Sales: Louise Rosen Ltd.


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Sarvnaz Alambeigi

Sarvnaz Alambeigi, born in Iran, graduated from Azadegan Graphic Art School in Tehran. Since 2000, she has been working as an independent documentary filmmaker and visual artist. Her films are shown in many different film festivals and museums around the world.


CYPHER AND LION, IR 2017, 28 min.
TOMORROWLAND, IR 2017, 70 min.
THE SECOND ROOM, IR 2014, 13 min.

Winner VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2022: Sarvnaz Alambeigi, Stefan Tolz, Thomas Riedelsheimer and Louise Rosen


DOK.special @home Selection

This film can be seen in our online film library DOK.fest @home Selection since February 2023: