International Competition

Dream's Gate

Negin Ahmadi
Screening time  
28.03. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 4  
29.03. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  

In this observational documentary Iranian female director Negin Ahmadi starts a personal journey into the combat zone of North Syria to question what it means to be a woman. Alone with her camera, she decides to look for an answer to her questions by encountering the women who embody the strongest contemporary myth of female strength and freedom: Kurdish female fighters. The personal search and internal struggles turn into an intimate women's diary written in the first person. Following, sharing and witnessing the life of this other Kurdish women put into question the image that the director has of herself and of the cost of equality and freedom in this difficult region.


Negin Ahmadi

Born in 1989 in Iran, Negin Ahmadi is a Kurdish Iranian filmmaker. Ahmadi studied Economics, and finished her Associate’s degree from the University of Imam Khomeini in Qazvin. She is currently a student at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. As a director, she has supervised documentary series and directed a short documentary A Few Days of Shirin in 2016. Dreams’ Gate will be her first feature documentary.

General sponsor

Darvazeye royaha

France, Iran, Norway
2023, 64'

Directed by:
Negin Ahmadi

Screenplay by:
Negin Ahmadi, Farzaneh Fathi

Negin Ahmadi

Edited by:
Loghman Sokhanvar

Hossein Mirzagholi

Elaheh Nobakht

Produced by:
Eli Image, Ava Studios, Spætt Film

Festivals & Awards:

Berlinale (2023)