Freedom for Iran

Listen to their voices

Free Entrance
This programme is developed by
Niloofar Azimian (Freedom for Iran)

After the brutal death of Mahsa Amini, Iranians have been fighting for almost three months in the streets of Iran and risking their lives. The Islamic Republic is trying to brutally suppress this call for freedom by killing people in the streets and executing prisoners. Still, protests in Iran are not slowing down, and it’s turning into a women’s revolution.

This evening we zoom in on how it is to live as a woman in Iran during these protests but also under the regime of Islamic Republic. Iranian women of different ages tell their personal stories, and help us understand how their fight was carried through generations which resulted in ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’. Supported by video letters of Iranian women in Iran, on the current situation. At the end of the programme, the public gets the opportunity to ask questions.

This programme is developed by Niloofar Azimian.

About the speakers

Nafiss Nia is an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, poet, cultural entrepreneur and public speaker. Nia is also the director of Granate Foundation in Amsterdam and in that capacity produces programmes, such as: Words That Matter, The Poetry on the sidewalk and How do you dance a poem.

Niloofar Azimian is a documentary filmmaker from Iran. She has made two documentary movies in Iran, the first one is a self representative, ego documentary film, focusing on the concept of solitude, the second one focuses on the circle of domestic violence against women in Iran. At the moment she is organizing events Freedom for Iran in different places in the Netherlands.

Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi is a disciplinary artist born in Tehran, Iran and based in Amsterdam. She studied Astronomy at Groningen University, followed by fine arts at Minerva art academy and a postgraduate study at Sandberg institute. Her works have been selected and shown in various international venues and film festivals such as IDFA and IFFR. Next to her artistic practice, she is teaching at Gerrit Rietveld academy since 2013.

Kimia Tehrani (21) studies journalism. She has been raising her voice since the murder of Mahsa Amini. She was born and raised in Tehran but recently immigrated abroad in hopes of living in a free society.

Negin Zendegani (1967, Iran) left Iran in 1998. She graduated from ArtEZ Art School in Arnhem and currently works as a documentary and portrait photographer. Her most recent project is about Iranian women who have been active raising their voices in the Netherlands since the current protests in Iran.

Ghazaleh Ghobadi, has studied PhD in medical physics in Groningen University, but recently started a different path in her life as a storyteller.


Nafiss NiaFilmmaker & Poet | Photo: Harry Kleine
Niloofar AzimianDocumentary filmmaker
Atousa Bandeh GhiasabadiMultidisciplinary artist
Kimia TehraniJournalism student
Negin ZendeganiPhotographer
Ghazaleh Ghobadi,Storyteller